GAS Safety Week

Odd as it seems given the sudden return to summer we’ve been experiencing these past few days, this is one of the busiest times of the year for all things gas boiler. Around now as the evenings draw in a little and the mornings become chiller everyone thinks about reaching for the On switch on their boiler – and that’s when the fun starts.

It’s also the very reason this week is Gas Safety Week.

Gas Safety Week is co-ordinated by the Gas Safety Register (formerly CORGI) to encourage everyone from gas professionals to consumer organisations to promote gas safety.  It is a national campaign with various events taking place across the country. It’s also a great opportunity for us all to work together too to ensure that your boiler and gas systems are as safe as they possibly can be.

Gas is out of sight but should never be out of mind. As you know badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s a sobering thought that every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning – and for some the exposure even proves fatal.  A warning enough perhaps that it’s not the time to be cutting corners when it comes to boiler plant maintenance.

As experts in gas safety inspections and boiler plant maintenance (and don’t forget that our maintenance contracts include 24/7 emergency cover and 4 hour response times) we here at DMG Delta are careful to ensure our engineers are kept up to date of all the latest developments in the gas industry. That way you don’t have to. And we are of course part of the Gas Safe Register, which is the official list of gas engineers who are registered to work with gas appliances in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey.

Message number one of Gas Safety Week has to be take care of your gas appliances. For individuals this is another way to take care of your home and love ones while for Buildings Services Managers it’s all part of ensuring the building – and its tenants – are properly looked after.

So follow these Gas Safety Week tips to keep you, your family and building safe:

  • make sure only a Gas Safe registered engineer works on your gas appliances. Illegal gas fitters can put lives at risk
  • always check the engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card
  • make sure gas appliances have a regular service and a gas safety check every 12 months
  • look out for warning signs that your gas appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room
  • know the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness
  • install an audible carbon monoxide alarm
  • if you smell gas call the gas emergency number on 0800 111 999

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.

Or for more information about having your heating or boiler plant maintained and checked by us here at DMG Delta, call us on 01279 810100 or Contact us through the website.

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