The importance of gas safety
September 9, 2012
As part of Gas Safety Week, Young London is helping to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of why gas appliances should be well maintained and tested by an authorised Gas Safe engineer on an annual basis.
Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, which can be caused by unsafe central heating systems, gas cookers or gas fires. The consequences can be fatal. The most important thing to realise is that landlords have a legal obligation to carry out a gas safety check, in all flats with gas, every 12 months. This check must be completed by an approved contractor who is Gas Safe registered and once the check has been completed a certificate is then issued. This certificate may highlight any recommended works needed to make sure the appliances will remain in top condition and compliant with the latest legislation.
It is important for landlords, and their agents, to keep up to date with the latest Gas Safe legislation to ensure that all of their appliances are compliant. From a resident’s perspective it is important for them to know that the appliances within their property have been inspected recently and are up to code.
At Young London we make sure to install an audible carbon monoxide alarm in all properties that we manage where there is a gas supply. There are a number of warning signs that residents should look out for that will indicate that a gas appliance isn’t working correctly. These include lazy yellow or orange flames (instead of crisp blue ones), black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room. It is also important that residents are well versed in the emergency steps that they should take if they smell gas.
The standard procedure is, if someone suspects a gas leak, to call Transco/National Grid Emergency Services immediately (0800 111 999). During the call the resident will be asked to undertake a number of safety measures. Faults with an appliance should always be flagged up to the landlord or their managing agent as quickly as possible so that an engineer can be sent to inspect and repair if necessary.
Hopefully the information we have provided in this post will provide you with useful information to keep you aware of the obligations surrounding gas safety.