Gas safety week 2019 – what landlords need to know

In case you didn’t know, this week is Gas Safety Week! The annual awareness campaign run by the Gas Safe Register.

This wee, the Gas Safe Register has published 6 top tips for landlords and tenants to ensure that their properties – are gas safe!

  1. Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm.
    • This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home. *If you are in rented accommodation, remember that it is your landlord’s responsibility to provide this*
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are qualified to work safely and legally on gas appliances. By law, anyone who comes to fix, fit or service your gas appliances, pipework and flues must be on the Gas Safe Register.