USING AN ILLEGAL GAS FITTER COULD COST YOU
THOUSANDS OR EVEN COST YOU YOUR LIFE
Don’t let this happen to you. Always use a Gas Safe registered
engineer. Check the card.
Are you about to have your cooker, boiler or gas fire fixed, fitted
or serviced? One in three of us trust a tradesman to do gas work
based purely on the recommendation of a friend or neighbour without
checking out their registration and qualifications first.
Remember that dangerous gas work can be deadly. Badly fitted and
poorly serviced appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions
and carbon monoxide poisoning. Using an
illegal gas fitter can end up costing you thousands of pounds to
have fixed. Worst of all, it could put the lives of you, and your
loved ones in danger.
These tragic true stories of illegal gas work are a reminder to
always use a Gas Safe registered engineer.
It is against the law for anyone to do work on gas appliances in
the United Kingdom, Isle of Man or Guernsey unless they are
Gas Safe registered.
If you think someone is working on gas illegally, report them to us and we will investigate.
How do I know if the gas fitter I’m using is illegal?
A quarter of a million illegal gas jobs are carried out each
year . If your gas fitter is not Gas Safe registered then they are
illegal. If your gas engineer is qualified and registered to do gas
work in your home they will be able to show your their Gas Safe ID
Not all gas engineers are qualified to work on all types of
gas appliance. Make sure you check the back of their ID card to
make sure they are qualified to do the specific type of gas work
you need. If they put in a gas fire for example, but they’re only
Gas Safe registered for pipework and boilers, they are illegal.
If they work for a Gas Safe registered firm during the week and
are doing private work in their spare time on the side, they are
How do I check my engineer is on the Gas Safe Register?
All Gas Safe registered engineers carry a Gas Safe Register ID
card showing the type of work they are qualified to do. Before you
let your gas engineer into your home to work on your gas appliances
make sure you check it.
View our short video to see what you need
to check on the Gas Safe Register ID card.
You can also check your gas engineer
is Gas Safe registered online, via text by texting
Gas then the engineer licence number to
85080 or by calling us free on
0800 408 5500.
Protecting you from unsafe gas work is our priority. If you
think someone is working on gas illegally, report them to us and we will investigate.
There are more than 120,000 engineers on the Gas Safe Register.
To check that they’re continuing to work safely we inspect the work
they’ve carried out. If you’ve had gas work done in the last six
months, you can nominate it for a free gas
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The victims of illegal gas work are a heartbreaking reminder of
why we need to use a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Read true stories from the victims of
illegal gas work