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The team at BHE Services is proud to be supporting the annual Gas Safety Week. This year Gas Safety Week will run from the 14th to the 20th of September and has been co-ordinated by the Gas Safe Register.

 

Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work with gas in the United Kingdom.

Currently in the UK there are over 23 million gas fueled homes and Gas Safety Week aims to raise awareness and encourage people to think carefully about their gas appliances.

The campaign was incredibly successful last year and was able to reach over 147 million people through widespread media coverage.

According to Headway UK, there are around 400 recorded incidents of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Headway UK have also confirmed that between
40 to 50 people have tragically died because of the colourless and odourless gas.

This gas is highly dangerous since you cannot feel, see, taste, nor smell it. It can kill you and you won’t even notice that it is happening!Picture1

Earlier this year, a central heating boiler exploded in a woman’s home in Mansfield. After the incident, local Firefighters explained that if it wasn’t for her coffee table, she would have been seriously injured or worse.

People across the country can avoid incidents like this by taking proper care of their gas appliances. It is important to protect yourself, your home, and your loved ones by following these simple tips:

  • Check your gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants – make sure your landlord arranges this. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at staygassafe.co.uk.
  • Check if your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find and check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
  • Check your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work that needs doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.
  • Check for warning signs that may reveal your appliances aren’t working correctly. These include lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance as well as too much condensation in the room.
  • Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – These are, headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapsing and loss of consciousness.
  • Have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. Given that your senses cannot detect carbon monoxide, an alarm will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.

For gas safety advice or to find and check an engineer, visit the Gas Safe Register website at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk. Alternatively, call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.