Find out how our supporters are spreading the word about gas safety
2018 saw another fantastic Gas Safety Week with thousands of supporters taking part. We're still hearing about all the great activities that went on and will share this in due course. In the meantime, here's a guide to just some of the activities that supporters got involved in for Gas Safety Week 2017:
Gas Safety Superheroes
Gas Safety Week 2017 marked Gas Safety Superheroes' first birthday. They've been busy this past year, encouraging fellow engineer heroes to always show customers their Gas Safe ID cards, promoting annual servicing and working to improve apprenticeships and training. This Gas Safety Week, they launched a 'Time To Talk' campaign looking to help educate and empower customers, and encourage them to see their boilers as more than 'just a white box on a wall.' Discussion topics varied throughout the week, tackling issues such as Spotting Safety, Regarding The Card and CO safety amongst others.
Real Boiler Maintenance and Service
Sole trader Ibrahim Tural pulled out all the stops, co-ordinating the first Enfield Gas Safety Week Community Event. It was opened by the Mayor of Enfield and saw an excellent turnout, offering fun for the whole family with activities such face painting, a bouncy castle, an F1 simulator and a safety hunt. A 'colour in Doug' children's competition also proved very popular, with prizes such as an arts and crafts set, a smart thermostat (for the parents) and CO alarms for runners up. Following its success Ibrahim is already planning for 2018's event!
Keepmoat's week was jam-packed with activities taking place up and down the country, providing safety advice to the public, industry colleagues and clients. In Scotland they hosted awareness talks, distributing over 100 gas safety packs to subcontractors. They installed CO alarms in properties in South Lanarkshire, and gave gas safety talks in Glasgow schools. In the North, employees had interactive seminars with clients and tenants discussing gas safety. Toolbox talks and gas cooker awareness training sessions were delivered across 45 of their sites and their registered engineers carried out free gas safety checks in the Leeds area. Finally, employees in London hosted gas bayonet training, launched a gas safety quiz to site and contract managers and handed out safety cards to staff, clients and their supply chain.
Wolesley Plumb Center Tour
A team of industry advocates took to the road, touring Wolesely Plumb Center branches in Ilkeston, Nottingham, Mansfield, Tamworth, Burton and Derby. They were determined that engineers should be proud to display their Gas Safe ID cards - and got their point across by taking a huge 2m x 1m replica card on tour with them! The tour was a follow up to the successful Regard The Card campaign in 2016. The road trip team were: gas engineer Peter Booth,Tim Pollard, Head of Renewables at Wolesley, Vaillant sales director Simon Whysall and the mysterious @GasManGod of Twitter.
Installers First and Gas Safe registered engineer Mark grieves went on the hunt to find someone to create an unforgettable jingle that would really stick in people's minds. After having listened to plenty of creative gas safety tunes, the winner was declared as James Elmy, of Beckenham in Kent. His ukulele-themed ditty summed up the Gas Safety Week message perfectly, reminding the public to 'Make sure that you check the card/I'm sure it's not very hard to do.' James is hopeful that his jingle will inspire people nationwide to have the appliances checked annually and only use Gas Safe registered engineers.
Southampton lettings company Your Move combined two topics at the forefront of everyone's minds: baking cupcakes and gas safety. They made sure all their landlords and tenants were informed about gas safety when they emailed or talked on the phone, ran quizzes based on the daily Gas Safety Week updated and encouraged local branches to put posters in their windows. finally, the week was rounded off with a dress down day in GSW colours.
ARLA sent out messages on social media and issued a press release, which was picked up by property websites. They included a double-page feature in Property Professional magazine which highlighted case studies of gas-related prosecutions, bringing the message home to their readership of 37,000.
Vaillant got on board with a variety of activities. As well as their participant in the Wolesley Plumb Center tour, they ran a social media campaign which promoted different gas safety messages each day. Their service reminder letters to customers included a Gas Safety Week poster featuring mascot Doug and reminded customers to have their gas appliances checked annually. Emails from the group also included a GSW banner.
Making sure your gas appliances work is essential for your safety, Together Housing told their tenants. The social housing association, which covers 37,000 properties across the north of England, produced five videos to advise their tenants about: gas safety, the importance of an annual check, the impact of a missed appointment, what to do if there is a gas leak and a gas tightness test.
Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service
Hertfordshire FRS, alongside local housing associations and their Gas Safe registered contractors, set up stands in local Tesco stores to give customers safety advice, with the events also leading to 50 home fire safety visits.
Liverpool Mutual Homes
LMH ran a social media campaign offering gas safety advice and discounted gas safety checks to LMH Group staff and leasehold customers. They circulated gas safety tips to staff, included articles on their website about the importance of being gas safe and reminded tenants to allow registered engineers access to properties in order to carry out safety checks.
Phoenix Energy Services
Phoenix Energy Services and Spanner the dog embarked upon a tour of shopping centres in Northern Ireland. Spanner met shoppers at The Kennedy Centre, Belfast, offering advice to householders on how to stay safe.
Swale Heating offered a free CO alarm along with every boiler installation purchased during the week, as well as offering top safety tips and information about carbon monoxide on their website.
SGN & IGEM
Hosted by MSP Clare Adamson, the SGN exhibition highlighted the development of a 'vulnerable customer' package: the risks of carbon monoxide and locking cooker valve campaign. In addition, IGEM's event focused on the SGN study into appliance servicing and installation. This involved a team of Gas Safe registered engineers and inspected almost 8,000 properties (and 11,000 appliances) across four towns in Scotland. This has provided a unique insight into appliances health, servicing and messaging around CO.
ATAG Heating Technology
ATAG gave away free CO alarms with their boilers to mark Gas Safety Week and were proud to support the Regard The Card campaign.
The Regenda Group
The North-West social housing provider marked Gas Safety Week by launching a 10-month programme to fit CO alarms in all its' 13,000 properties. they also promoted the importance of gas safety checks with a fun video and provided gas safety advice on their website.
Nottingham City Homes
Nottingham City Homes spoke to around 300 members of the public and gave out information at three local safety events.
Barrow Borough Council
Barrow Borough Council environmental health officers got in touch with 77 takeaway businesses in the region as part of a campaign to reduce the dangers of gas in their work.
Contract Building Services
CBS published an article on their website and ran a social media campaign promoting gas safety during the week.
Tesla UK added special tags to 10,000 cooker hoses, which went to national and independent merchants. The tags featured campaign superhero Doug on one side and the company's own gas safety messages on the other.
Yorkshire Housing showed their customers what they were doing to keep them safe, in real time. Through social media, the affordable housing provider posted photos and videos of its gas engineers while they were working: they serviced boilers, checked gas pressure, tested for gas escapes, fitted carbon monoxide alarms - and made sure that they showed their Gas Safe ID card. They also ran a series of gas safety tips.
CIPHE urged consumers to have their appliances checked annually, so they can be assured they are working safely and efficiently. They also highlighted the growing black market in counterfeit or non-compliant boiler parts and encouraged engineers to be vigilant.
Wales And West Utilities
WWU made sure their customers were ready for winter and stayed gas safe at the same time with an eye-catching and informative series of messages.
Samsian ltd helped local people find out about the dangers of gas - and they got a bargain too. Owner Danny Tickner made sure that his business was highly visible in the Kings Hill Directory, which was delivered to over 5,000 local homes and businesses. Hos article encouraged people to get a gas safety check, and warned of the dangers of poorly maintained appliances. The company also offered half price servicing throughout the week.
Vokera highlighted the important of CO alarms, reinforcing the message that all homes with a gas appliance need to have at least one working CO alarm.