Gas Safety Week: Tips for staying gas safe

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Landlords are being reminded this week that they are responsible for the safety of their tenants, as part of Gas Safety Week.

The annual event, which takes place 17-23 September, aims to raise awareness of gas safety and reminds us to have our gas appliances safety checked annually by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.

A number of organisations across the country will be working together alongside the Gas Safe Register to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, and responsibility for safety of tenants is something that all landlords should be aware of.

Here are some tips from the Gas Safe Register to keep your tenants safe and warm in your property.

+ Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances. You can find and check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.

+ Check both sides of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.

+ Have all your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year. Make sure are able to provide your tenants with a copy of the current Gas Safety Record, upon request.

+ Make sure your tenants know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Unsafe gas appliances can put your tenants at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions.

+ Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.

+ Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert your tenants if there is carbon monoxide in your property.

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