Moving into your first home is an exciting time and while you may feel like you’re constantly working through long to-do lists like redirecting post and getting home insurance sorted, it’s important to check that your gas appliances are working safely too.
Why do gas appliances need checking?
Unsafe gas appliances can result in a gas leak, fires, explosions and even lead to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO poisoning can be fatal and difficult to notice as symptoms are often mistaken for flu and even a hangover! The symptoms to watch out for are; headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
How do I get my gas appliances checked?
Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are legally qualified to work on your home’s gas appliances. Don’t cut corners with gas. Instead, you should check that the engineer you want to use is Gas Safe registered and qualified for the work you need doing. You can find a Gas Safe registered engineer in your area by visiting www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or by calling on 0800 408 5500.
When the gas engineer comes to your home always ask to see their Gas Safe ID card. It is also important to check the back of the card where you can see which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.
Jonathan Samuel, chief executive of Gas Safe Register, said: "There are many things to consider when buying a new home. Ensuring gas appliances are safe should be a top priority ahead of the move in date and then a gas safety check is recommended yearly so that you know the appliances are working safely and efficiently."
"For peace of mind, don’t cut corners with gas and check that your engineer is on the Gas Safe Register."
Staying "Gas Safe"
An annual gas safety check is recommended so that you’re sure that your gas appliances are working safely and efficiently.
Signs of an unsafe gas appliance include a lazy yellow flame on your gas hob, instead of a crisp blue flame, dark staining/sooting on or around your gas appliances, pilot lights that frequently blow out and increased condensation.
If you smell gas or think there is a gas leak, then call the 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.