Gas Safety Week - a guide for landlords

As you’ll know if you’re a landlord you have responsibilities to ensure that all the gas appliances in your property or properties are safe. And given that this is Gas Safety Week, it seems a good time to recap some of the things you should be considering.

Gas Safety Week is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas boilers, gas cookers and gas fires (here are DMG Delta we are of course on the Gas Safe Register).  It’s being run to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of gas appliances to help keep the nation Gas Safe.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.

As a landlord you must keep gas appliances in good condition – and that includes arranging a gas safety check every 12 months and giving a record of the check to the tenants.  If you’re in charge of a large residential building or an office this is something we can help with – remember too that we have engineers on call 24/7 for our contracted customers and response times of just four hours.

In the mean time though follow these top tips to help keep your tenants safe and you out of legal hot water:

  • 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 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
  • make sure your tenants know the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning (headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness) and who to contact if they suspect there is a problem.
  • install an audible carbon monoxide alarm
  • if you – or your tenants – smell gas call the gas emergency number on 0800 111 999

For gas safety advice call us on 01279 810100 or Contact us through the website.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Gas Safety Week - a guide for landlords