Gas Safety Week 2021
This week (13-19 September 2021) marks Gas Safety Week 2021.
Gas Safety Week is an awareness week put together by Gas Safe Register, which provides a variety of resources on how to stay safe when working with or using gas.
For Gas Engineers/Tradespeople
The Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) have updated their guidance on staying safe during building projects for Gas Safety Week 2021. This is to help ensure that engineers/tradespeople keep themselves and others safe, and do not contravene Regulation 8 of the Gas Safety Installation & Use Regulations (GSIUR) L56.
Top 10 Tips
Gas Safe have also put together some top tips to ensure that people stay safe when using gas:
- 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. If you rent your home ask for a copy of the landlord’s current Gas Safety Record.
- Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Unsafe gas appliances can put you 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 you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.
- Keep vents and chimneys clear. Make sure you don’t block any vents, as they are vital to ensure gas appliances burn properly, and chimneys need to be cleaned and checked regularly.
- Use gas appliances only for their intended purpose. Don’t be tempted to use them for something they weren’t meant for (e.g using a gas cooker to heat a room).
- Know the emergency procedure. If you smell gas or suspect immediate danger, make sure you familiarise yourself with the emergency procedure and contact the relevant number for your UK region.
- Spread the word. Share vital gas safety information with friends, family and neighbours to make sure your community stays safe.
During Gas Safety Week 2021, Cadent are lending the support of their Safety Seymour campaign. The Safety Seymour campaign features a superhero bear from outer space on a mission to teach children and their families about carbon monoxide. The campaign features stories, videos, and activities to help children learn about how to protect themselves and others.
If you would like further advice and guidance on using or working with gas, please get in touch with one of our advisors.