GAS SAFE NEWS 2012
Home improvers misjudge the risks with gas
4th April 2012
Gas Safe Register offers top tips for home improving safely
British home improvers are misjudging the risks involved with
gas, warns Gas Safe Register. One in three people admit they would
fit a gas appliance themselves to save money, while 100,000 people
who employed a tradesman to carry out gas work in the last year
fell victim to illegal and dangerous work.
Many home improvement jobs, which most people may not even think
involve gas work, do. In the right hands gas is safe, but in
unskilled and inexperienced hands it can kill. As a result, 10
people died in the UK last year and 330 were injured from gas
related incidents such as gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon
Avoid a home improvement disaster with Gas Safe Register’s five
top tips to stay gas safe:
- Check if the job involves gas - if you are
having any building work carried out, from a new conservatory to
kitchen, find out if it involves gas work. Even having new windows
fitted can change the ventilation of a property, which may affect
the use of gas appliances.
- Don’t DIY with gas – moving, fitting or fixing
gas appliances including fires, cookers and boilers is dangerous
and should be left to a Gas Safe registered engineer.
- Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer – when
employing a tradesman to carry out work in your home, make sure
they are qualified before letting them work with your gas
- Locate your gas pipes - finding out where the
gas pipes are located will prevent you from hammering or drilling
into a gas pipe.
- Don’t block or cover vents and flues – these
may be essential for your appliances to work safely and will avoid
CO from leaking into your home.
Download Gas Safe Register’s top tips for
home improvement work.
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