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Be Gas Safe at home. Understand the risks of dangerous gas work and only use a Gas Safe registered engineer

 

Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are registered to work safely and legally on gas appliances.  By law, all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register.  It has replaced CORGI registration.

We take it for granted that our boilers, cookers and gas fires are safe. It is only when there is a problem with an appliance that many people take any notice of it at all.

What are the gas safety risks of dangerous gas work?

Dangerous gas work can be deadly.  Badly fitted and poorly serviced appliances can cause the following gas safety risks:

  1. gas leaks
  2. fires
  3. explosions
  4. carbon monoxide poisoning

Top tips for gas safety

  1. Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix or service your gas appliances, including your:
    • gas boiler
    • gas fire, gas cooker or hob
    • central heating system, radiators or your hot water system, if they are connected to either a Natural Gas or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) supply

  2. Always check the engineer's Gas Safe Register ID card.  All Gas Safe registered engineers carry a Gas Safe Register ID card, with their own unique licence number, showing the type of work they are qualified to do. View our short video to understand what you need to check on the card.

  3. Get your appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year, or in accordance with your manufacturer's guidelines, by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

    Your Gas Safe registered engineer will carry out tests and checks to establish your appliances are operating safely.  Where an appliance or pipework has been installed in an unsafe way, or is operating unsafely and the engineer can not rectify the situation immediately, they will follow the guidance outlined in the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP) to make the installation safe.  This is the industry accepted document for guiding engineers on dealing with unsafe situations. 

    The Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP) can be a complex document to understand. Download Gas Safe Register's factsheet to help you understand the procedure that engineers use to assess the safety of your gas appliance.
     
  4. Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm.  An alarm will alert you to the presence of the poisonous gas carbon monoxide, produced by unsafe gas appliances.  Make sure you know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

  5. If you think there might be a gas leak or notice any signs of carbon monoxide, act fast and follow the advice for gas emergencies.

What Next?

Doing DIY
Gas Safe Register advises that you don't DIY with gas. Find out why.

Fit a carbon monoxide alarm
A carbon monoxide alarm will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in the air.

Find a Gas Safe registered business in your area.
 
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Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms

  • headaches
  • dizziness 
  • nausea 
  • breathlessness 
  • collapse
  • loss of consciousness

Find out more about carbon monoxide poisoning