We believe in making sure that all of our customers are gas safe. Whether this be through boiler service reminders to make sure you don’t miss the date, to giving you handy hints and tips to make sure everything is as it should be. This blog will give you 5 top tips on gas safety to make sure you are warm without worry.
Tip 1 – Invest in a carbon monoxide alarm.
These can be vital for detecting the harmful gas that is carbon monoxide in your home. It is advised that a detector is kept near each gas appliance, ideally no more than 5 feet from the ground. This is due to carbon monoxide being even lighter than air so it rises more rapidly and takes effect quicker. Make sure your carbon monoxide detector has a British kite mark. This way you know it is up to standard and will protect you and your family as well as possible.
Tip 2 – Be sure to have your boiler serviced annually
Having your boiler serviced annually puts your mind at ease that your boiler is working safely and efficiently. When a boiler service is conducted, tests are carried out to ensure there are no gas leaks and the boiler is performing as it should. The engineer will also make sure no carbon monoxide from the boiler is coming back into your home. In a confined space, could be extremely dangerous. Not only that, it could save you money in the long run.
Tip 3 – Know how to turn your gas off
If there is ever an emergency, be sure you know how to turn your gas off at the mains. If there is a gas leak, this will prevent any further gas from leaking into your property until an engineer can get to you to resolve it! This is likely to be located near your gas meter but ask your gas engineer on their next visit!
Tip 4 – ALWAYS use a Gas Safe registered engineer.
According to Gas Safe, there are 7,500 unregistered gas fitters in the UK and 250,000 illegal jobs being carried out each year. Don’t cut corners, always look for the yellow triangle! Also, make sure the gas engineer that attends your home is qualified to do the work they are there for. They may have a gas safe card but it isn’t to say they are qualified to work on all appliances! To avoid further disaster, check your engineers qualifications shown on the back of their gas safe ID card or on www.gassaferegister.com. Never feel as though you cant ask, better to be gas safe than sorry!
Tip 5 – Don’t block any ventilation from gas appliances
Your gas engineer will check there is enough ventilation for your gas appliances to burn correctly when they service them. In the meantime, make sure that no vents are blocked that provide air to gas appliances, nothing is put in the chimney to try and stop potential draughts and that the flue from your boiler has a clear area around it. This shouldn’t be blocked by things such as garden sheds or fences which may be erected between services.
Thanks for reading!