Thinking about home improvement?
When it comes to gas you don't want to get it wrong. Mistakes
are expensive and could cost you your life.
Don't DIY with gas.
1 in 3 people say they would fit a gas appliance
themselves to save money. In the right hands, gas is safe, but
badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and
carbon monoxide poisoning. You may think you know what you’re
doing but it’s not like changing a tap; it’s dangerous to DIY with
gas and could put your family’s life at risk.
It’s important that you don’t try to fit, fix or move gas
appliances such as your boiler or cooker yourself. Only Gas Safe registered engineers have the right
skills to do this safely. Gas Safe registered engineers retrain
regularly to ensure they are up-to-date with new technology and
Download Gas Safe Register's factsheet on who
can legally undertake gas work for more information.
Subcontracting home improvements?
Handing over a home improvement project like a loft conversion
or kitchen renovation to one builder or project manager is the
ideal solution for many people. Worryingly though 100,000
home improvement jobs ended up with illegal gas work in the last
year. In all cases home owners had left their project to a
builder, contractor or project manager to handle who in turn
subcontracted to dangerous and illegal gas fitters.
If you’re planning on home improvement work follow these top
- No matter how big or small the home improvement job, find out
if it will involve gas work and only use a Gas Safe registered
- If you’re using a builder or project manager to employ the gas
fitter don’t rely on them to check their credentials. Check
yourself to make sure they are registered and qualified to work
safely on gas.
- If you have a new gas appliance fitted your Gas Safe registered
engineer should let your local authority know. Make sure you know
how to comply with building
- If you’ve recently had home improvement work done which
involved gas and you’re not sure if a registered engineer did the
work, nominate your property for a free
- If you suspect an illegal gas fitter report it to Gas Safe Register immediately.
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Register’s top tips to stay Gas
Max Schenker knows only too well the dangers that home
improvement work can pose. Max’s brother, Robert, died from CO
poisoning in 2006 after renovation work on his chimney.
Read his story.
Do you know what the gas safety risks
Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can
cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Find out more.
When a new heat producing appliance has been
installed you should receive a certificate. Read more
about these certificates and find out what to do if you
have not received yours.
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