Find out how our supporters are spreading the word about gas safety
Here's a guide to just some of the activities our 6,859 supporters got involved in for Gas Safety Week 2016:
Gas Safety Superheroes
An enterprising group of engineers created a real buzz on social media with their colourful Safety Superheroes campaign. Designed to encourage registered engineers to celebrate their status as Safety Superheroes and remind them to show their Gas Safe ID card to customers without being prompted, the campaign caught the attention of many during the week, with organisers Paul Hull, Peter Booth and Twitter's mysterious @GasManGod going above and beyond for the cause of gas safety.
Real Boiler Maintenance and Service
Registered engineer Ibrahim Tural once again fully backed Gas Safety Week. After the success of last year's F1 simulator, he hired one again to attract people to his stand at the Palmers Green Festival. He also ran a stand at Enfield Town Market, providing gas safety advice to shoppers, and will continue exhibit there every Saturday all year round, providing an advice service for the local community.
Liverpool Mutual Homes
LMH's week was a busy one. They set up a display stall at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, providing advice on CO safety and the importance of regular servicing to over 700 visitors. They also created a short online animation, Better Gas Safe than Sorry, which emphasises the importance of tenants having a regular gas safety check and service. Finally, their 'ad-van' was the talk of Liverpool as it toured the city, with many on social media posting to say they'd seen it out and about.
British Gas commissioned research to coincide with the week, sending their findings to national, trade and regional publications. Their survey was conducted with over 500 small to medium business owners, and found that around a fifth (21%) of these were not aware that they could be invalidating their insurance by not having an annual gas safety check, although over four fifths (82%) had had a Gas Safe registered engineer carry out a safety check in the last year. Online, they ran a Twitter competition asking people to retweet their top gas safety tips, with five lucky winners receiving a £500 voucher.
Oakleaf Commercial Services
The Services Energy Team looked to engage with local communities for the week, starting with a visit to Kidderminster town centre to promote gas safety, attending several Neighbourhood Natter events and a 'Showcase for Older People' event at the town hall. Impressively over a dozen employees gained a nationally recognised award in Gas Safety Awareness for Staff.
The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI)
BiKBBI ran a successful social media campaign, sent out emails and provided gas safety information on their website. Their CEO Damien Walters also filmed a passionate video supporting the week and encouraging others to do the same.
Phoenix Energy Services
Once again Phoenix Energy Services joined forces with Spanner the dog for their series of roadshows across shopping centres in Northern Ireland promoting key gas safety messages to the general public.
Joseph Valente, the 2015 winner of the BBC's The Apprentice, and his Gas Safe registered business got on board with the week, launching a social media campaign. The apprentice's Lord Sugar also retweeted gas safety messages to his 5.24million followers.
Keepmoat promoted the week across their four UK offices, raising awareness amongst their employees, clients and residents with activities such as toolbox talks, coffee mornings, leaflet distribution and they published articles on the company intranet.
Plumb and Parts Center
Plumb and Parts Center published articles across popular trade magazines and ran a social media campaign on Twitter asking registered engineers to post a picture of themselves with the Gas Safe logo for a chance to win 320 worth of Pizza Express vouchers. Their posts achieved a reach of over 273,000.
Homebase used regular internal communications to ensure their staff were aware of the importance of an annual gas safety check. They also signed up to the GSW Thunderclap, giving 40,000 followers a chance to see this important gas safety message.
ARLA and NAEA
The Association for Residential Letting Agents and the National Association of Estate Agents sent out newsletters, updated their website and promoted the week on social media as well as filming a short video on their top tip for the week.
The Dispute Resolution Ombudsman
CEO Kevin Grix broadcast his top tip to consumers – to always use a Gas Safe registered engineer to carry out gas work. They also supported the week with a social media campaign.
Certsure’s CEO Emma Clancy filmed a short video in support of the week and a social media campaign was launched reminding consumers to have their gas and electrical appliances checked regularly.
As part of Gas Safety Week IGEM held a Scottish Selection event on carbon monoxide at the Scottish Parliament, with attendees coming in from across the industry. They also included information on their website, social media and an eNewsletter that went out to over 9,000 contacts.
Futures Housing Group
Futures Housing Group manages over 9,000 homes in the Midlands. Asset Management Surveyor Jason Topley issued ‘Topley’s Top Ten Tips’ alongside a short video giving tenants information on how to stay gas safe and what to do in a gas emergency.
Swale Heating offered a free CO alarm along with every private boiler ordered during gas safety week, a promotion which was covered in both trade and local media. Customers were also provided with a gas safety leaflet and top gas safety tips were posted on Twitter and their website.
Sortsy teamed up with Tesco and City gas NI to host events in Belfast, Knocknagoney, Newtownabbey and Antrim. Customers were given top gas safety advice along with a chance to win a CO alarm.
Which? Trusted Traders
In the lead up to and during the week, Which? Trusted Traders posted an article on the News section of their website, and ran a social media campaign.
Instrotech’s successful online campaign included emailing an article promoting gas safety to over 6,000 people. They also send out updates via social media and their website.
The retail group raised awareness across their stores. Meanwhile, staff received gas safety advice via a mail drop and on-site TV screens.
Saltire Facilities Management Ltd
Saltire raised awareness this year by holding workshops with council and housing associations across Motherwell, Wishaw, Dumfries and Taunton.
C J Charles
Managing Director Colin was a big supporters of the ‘Regard the Card’ drive launched by the Safety Superheroes and was proud to show off his ID card to customers. The registered business actively promoted the campaign across social media and provided customers with top safety tips.
Second Element Limited
First time supporters of the week, registered business Second Element Limited produced magnets, which they left on customers’ boilers, as well as promoting gas safety messages on Facebook and Twitter.
Homeserve created an infographic celebrating the fact that gas engineers are the most trusted tradespeople. This was used alongside their ‘Trusted Trader’ storyline. They also promoted gas safety messages on their social media channels.
Coast & Country
Major housing provider in Redcar and Cleveland Coast & Country too leaflets into every primary school in the borough – reaching over 15,000 pupils – educating them on the dangers of CO poisoning.