The seventh annual Gas Safety Week is upon us and we pledge our support to raise awareness of the importance for landlords to carry out an annual gas safety check. Poorly maintained gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Gas safety is important all year round, not just at the end of the 12 months when the landlord is legally obliged to have a new gas safety check carried out. Gas Safety Week, which is coordinated by the Gas Safe Register, allows companies, landlords and the general public across the UK an opportunity to reflect on the importance of gas safety in the home.
The first Gas Safety Week was launched in 2011 and has grown in supporter numbers ever since. Last year over 6,000 organisations pledged their support to raise awareness of gas safety and this year that number is set to increase!
Gas Safety Week 2017 was officially launched at the Houses of Parliament on 13th September. Several MPs have recorded messages urging their constituents and the public to have a gas safety check on their appliances each year by a Gas Safe registered engineer and warned of the dangers of carbon monoxide.
Gas safety check – Top tips to stay safe
The Gas Safe Register have produced six simple steps to help keep your tenants safe and warm in your rental properties:
- Landlords should only ever use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances when carrying out a landlord gas safety certificate.
- 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.
- 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 the property.
Arrange a gas safety check online
If you let a property with a gas appliance, you must legally have a landlord gas safety check every 12 months. You can arrange for a Gas Safe Registered engineer to visit your property and carry out a landlords gas safety check. The engineer will then leave a copy of the gas safety certificate with you and your tenant for safe keeping.