Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (13-19 September 2021) and will be aiming to raise awareness of gas safety and urge the public to keep themselves safe from dangerous gas appliances.
The eleventh annual Gas Safety Week will see organisations from across the UK work together, to encourage all gas consumers to make sure they have their gas appliances checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer and protect against the dangers of unsafe gas appliances, such as fires, leaks, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
With increased deaths and gas-related injuries over the years, it’s crucial that people have their appliances checked each year to be assured they are working safely and efficiently. People should make sure that their engineer is Gas Safe registered before they start work on their property.
Anyone working on gas appliances while not being registered is working illegally.
Jonathan Samuel, Managing Director for Gas Safe Register, said:
“It’s great to have the support of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service this Gas Safety Week. By working together, we can reach more people and help to reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances that could be lurking in the homes of the UK’s 23 million gas consumers.
"We know from our own investigations data that one in six homes in the UK has an unsafe gas appliances, meaning far too many people are victims of preventable gas related incidents.”
Stay Gas Safe at home this Gas Safety Week by following these top tips:
- Sign up to a free annual gas safety check reminder service at www.staygassafe.co.uk
- Be aware of the signs that an unsafe gas appliance may cause such as a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame; soot or staining on or around the appliance; excess condensation in the room
- Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO gas is known as the ‘silent killer’ as it has no smell, taste or colour.
- The symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness, which can easily be mistaken for something else
- Always ask to see an engineer’s Gas Safe ID card and check it to make sure the engineer is qualified to check or fit the appliance in question.