deans story warns against illegal gas work
Dean's property suffered damage during the major floods of June
2007. His next door neighbour recommended a builder to help with
repairs. When Dean called the builder he seemed genuine and like he
knew what he was talking about. He said could do everything
including gas to electrics and his paperwork said he was
registered, to work on gas but he wasn’t.
Although the builder got someone else in to do electrics, he put
the gas cooker and gas fire in himself. Following this, Dean even
recommended him to his sister who had her boiler looked at by the
fitter. Suspicions arose when a few months later her ceiling caved
in - the gas boiler was at fault. Dean then discovered that he had
a gas leak in his home, caused by the shoddy work of the same
illegal fitter, his gas had to be shut off and new floor boards
were ripped up.
“We are £1300 out of pocket. The illegal gas fitter was
convincing and reassuring saying 'of course I’m registered'. When
someone you know has recommended the guy you don't think of asking
for the ID card do you? We didn't know we should check his card and
we put our lives in danger.”
Dean’s experience cost him dear and it could have cost him his
life. Dangerous gas work can be deadly. Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Make sure you know what to do to avoid illegal gas work.
Better Gas Safe than sorry. Always check the
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