get your gas appliances safety checked
Gas appliances that are left unchecked could be dangerous
and leaking carbon monoxide
All of your gas appliances, including your gas boiler, gas
cooker and gas fire should be safety checked once a year and
serviced regularly according to manufacturer’s instructions. If you
do not have your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety
checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer
you could be putting you and your family at risk and in possible
carbon monoxide poisoning.
What is a gas safety check?
A gas safety check involves a Gas Safe registered engineer
inspecting your gas appliances. They will check the appliance is
working correctly and will check the following four areas:
- Gas appliances are on the right setting and
burning correctly with the correct operating pressure
- Harmful gases are being removed from the
appliance safely to the air outside
- That any ventilation routes are clear and
- All the safety devices are working
The check will identify any defects which
require remedial work. You should have a gas safety check every
year. If you are a landlord this is the
Are you entitled to a free gas safety
Your gas supplier may be able to provide you
with a free of charge gas safety check upon request. A free gas
safety check may apply to home owners on means tested benefits
- Are of pensionable age, disabled or
chronically sick and either live alone or with others who are all
of pensionable age, disabled, chronically sick or under 18
- Are living with others where at least one is
under 5 years old
- Have not had a gas safety check carried out
at the premises in the last 12 months
- Do not occupy premises where a landlord is
responsible for arranging a check under regulations made under the
Health and Safety at Work Act
Please note that decisions around eligibility
for free gas safety checks sit outside the remit of the Gas Safe
Register and this advice is for general guidance only. Please
contact your energy supplier for more information.
What is a service?
Whilst a gas safety check assesses the basic
safety of a gas appliance a service will consist of a full check of
a gas appliance and the engineer is likely to take the appliance
apart to inspect it. The engineer will assess the physical
condition of the appliance, installation pipework, air vents and
any flues for deterioration. They will carry out performance tests
and take any necessary remedial action.
Appliances should be serviced regularly in
accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. Servicing your gas
appliances regularly will make sure they are safe to use. It will
also maintain your appliances efficiency and performance.
Signs that your appliances need
Gas appliances should be serviced regularly
but if you notice any of the warning signs below you should arrange
for a Gas Safe registered engineer to service your appliance as
soon as possible:
- Your gas appliance is not
- Your appliance is burning
with a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame
- You can see black marks
or stains on or around your gas appliances
- The pilot light keeps going
- There is increased
condensation in the room
What if my engineer identifies a problem with my gas
All Gas Safe registered engineers must follow
the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP) when assessing
the risks of an unsafe gas appliance. The guidance provides 'best
practice' advice to Gas Safe registered engineers on how they
should deal with various gas safety concerns which may affect your
safety. Download the Gas
Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure for more
information regarding this procedure.
Gas safety records
Gas Safe registered engineer has fitted, carried out a safety
check or serviced your gas appliance; they may leave you with a
report which explains what checks they have completed. This report
may be issued as a gas safety record, depending on the job you have
asked them to do. It isn’t always a legal requirement for your
engineer to give you this type of information, but many Gas Safe
registered engineers will provide it or similar. We recommend you
agree with your service provider before they complete the work what
documentation you will receive.
The gas safety record tells you that the gas appliance or gas
fitting has been checked to see if it is working safely and meets
the correct safety standards. This information may also tell you
when you next need to service the appliance. As with any
documentation always check it includes your engineer’s name and Gas
Safe registration number.
Flues, chimneys and air vents
Flues, chimneys and air vents play a vital
role in the safe operating of gas appliances. Flues and chimneys
allow products of combustion to escape from your home. Air vents
ensure there is a good supply of combustion air (ventilation) to
appliances. For this reason you must keep all flues, chimneys and
air vents clear.
Never block these
airways to prevent a draft. Blocking ventilation is dangerous and
could result in
carbon monoxide building up in your home.
Have chimneys checked every year, no matter
how much you use the fire, to make sure there are no blockages
and fumes can escape freely. The Gas Safe registered engineer
will check for bird’s nests, leaves and other natural debris, they
could be blocking the exit.
Do you live in a block of flats or terraced
housing? It is also possible for
carbon monoxide to seep into properties through shared flues
and chimneys. If you live in a property with a shared flue or
chimney, share responsibility to get them checked every
year to make sure they are allowing gas to escape.
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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.
GIUSP Explained factsheet.