GAS SAFETY ADVICE FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE
Let’s talk gas safety. Understand how to be Gas Safe at home -
only use a Gas Safe registered engineer and always check the Gas
Safe ID card
What is Gas Safe Register?
Gas Safe Register is the only official
list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on your gas
appliances including your:
- Gas boiler
- Gas cooker
- Gas fire
The Register is there to help protect you from unsafe gas
work. You might remember it used to be known as CORGI.
When you have your gas appliances fitted, fixed or serviced,
always use a gas engineer who is on the
Gas Safe Register. Don’t forget – get your gas
appliances regularly serviced and safety
checked every year. Annual servicing not only helps keep your
heating and hot water working properly, it helps keep you safe.
How do I find a Gas Safe registered engineer?
Gas Safe Register can help you find a local Gas Safe registered
engineer and tell you if they’re qualified for the type of work you
need them to do.
- Call the free Gas Safe Register
helpline on 0800 408 5500.
- Find a Gas Safe registered business online by
entering your postcode into the ‘postcode’ panel on the right of
Ask for the Gas Safe ID card
All Gas Safe registered engineers carry an ID card to show you
they are Gas Safe registered when they turn up at your door – if
they don’t show you then don’t be afraid to ask to see it.
All gas work is different and the back of the ID card tells you
if they’re qualified for the specific job you need them to
do. View our video to see what
you need to check on the Gas Safe ID card.
What are the dangers of unsafe gas work?
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. Carbon
monoxide is a poisonous gas. It has no taste, colour or smell and
it can make you feel seriously ill.
If you are suffering from headaches, dizziness, nausea,
breathlessness, collapse or loss of consciousness and you don’t
know why, it might be a sign of carbon monoxide poisoning and you
should see a doctor immediately.
Did you know you can buy a carbon monoxide
alarm to alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home?
But remember it shouldn't replace regular servicing of your gas
Is there any help I can get?
You could be entitled to a free gas safety check.
Gas suppliers have a duty to provide free gas safety checks to some
elderly people. Call the company you get your gas bills from to
find out more. Their telephone number is usually on the bill you
receive. A free gas safety check may apply to home owners on means
tested benefits who:
- are elderly, disabled or chronically sick and either live alone
or with others who are elderly, disabled, chronically sick or under
- are living with others where at least one child is under 5
- 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.
Also, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you already get the Winter Fuel Allowance to
help you with your heating bills? Call the Winter Fuel Payment
Helpline on 0845 9 15 15 15 to find out
- Do you rent your home? If you do then your
landlord must have your gas appliances safety checked once a year by law and should
service them regularly.
- If you have had gas work done in the last six
months you can nominate it for a free safety inspection. Call
Gas Safe Register on 0800 408 5500 or nominate a safety inspection online.
Why not talk to your friends about gas safety and tell
them how to keep Gas Safe in their home.
View our factsheet which includes information on how
carers can spot gas safety risks in the home.
Sign up to receive gas safety updates to help you stay safe
Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms
- loss of consciousness
Find out more about carbon monoxide
Your gas safety guide for the elderly
Download our gas safety leaflet to find out more on how to keep
Gas Safe in your home.
Download gas safety leaflet