Supporting Gas Safety Week 2014
September 16, 2014
Yesterday the Gas Safe Register kicked off their annual ‘Gas Safety Week’, a nationwide campaign designed to raise awareness of gas safety for the UK’s 23 million gas fuelled homes.
Gas Safety Week 2014 will be backed up with national advertising and media coverage as well as various events throughout the week.
The campaign hopes to get across its gas safety message as September is the time when many people will be turning on their boilers for the first time in preparation for winter.
If you live in rented accommodation that has gas then your landlord has a legal responsibility to make sure the property is gas safe. They have two main responsibilities:
Annual Gas Safety Checks
The landlord, or their managing agent, needs to make sure that any gas appliances in the property are safe for continued use. This is done by having a Gas Safe registered engineer check the property every 12 months.
Providing a Record
Once a gas safety inspection has been carried out a record, including all the relevant and specific information, will be provided to the landlord or their managing agent. A copy of this gas safety record must then be provided to any existing tenant within 28 days after the check has been completed. A copy of this record must also be provided to any new tenants moving into the property before they receive the keys during their check-in. The landlord, or their managing agent, must also keep a copy of the report for at least two years.
A gas safety check will make sure all gas fittings and appliances are safe to use by:
- Checking the flue or chimney to make sure the products of combustion (fumes) are being safely removed to outside
- Checking there is an adequate supply of fresh air so the gas burns properly
- Checking the appliance is burning the gas properly
- Checking all safety devices are working properly and shutting the appliance off if a fault occurs
At Young London we always advise our landlords of their statuary obligation surrounding gas safety checks and make sure that any property we manage (that has gas) has had the necessary annual inspection. We also believe it is important to inform our residents of what to do should they smell gas and recommend that they have a working carbon monoxide detector in their home.
The importance of raising awareness of Gas Safety, through events like Gas Safety Week, was highlighted by a recent poll (conducted by Shelter and British Gas) that found 14% of polled landlords were not aware of their obligations when it came to gas in their property.
Carbon Monoxide is a highly poisonous gas that you can’t see, taste or smell and every year it sends thousands of people to the hospital and, sadly, leads to around 40 deaths. Campaigns like Gas Safety Week aim to raise awareness to bring those numbers down but they can’t do it without your help.