How do Gas Safe registered engineers keep the public safe?
Melin Homes adds: “We hope this highlights the importance of keeping gas service appointments. This is a stark reminder of the importance of gas safety checks and our customer expressed how grateful she is to Nathan and our team.”
Nick Gurney, a Swale Heating engineer from Kent, explains how he saved a family from a botched DIY gas job: “I recently went to a flat in Kent where the whole family could have been killed by the botched DIY job on their boiler flue. Condensation was dripping from the flue, and so someone had put mastic (a type of resin) around the joint. Unfortunately, the flue seal itself had perished and that meant carbon monoxide, or CO for short, could have leaked into the flat whenever the boiler was on.”
John Allen from John Allen Plumbing and Heating, Derbyshire, helped an elderly resident in a neighbouring property to where he was carrying out a boiler installation: “I was working at a house fitting a boiler last year when I could smell carbon coming from the adjacent property. I looked over the fence and was greeted by the flue from a 40-year-old Concorde boiler surrounded by signs of combustion all around it. When I went to speak to the next-door neighbour, I was met by an elderly lady on a breathing apparatus who was pleased that I had explained the reason why I wanted to enter her property. Her boiler was in an out building attached on to the house, and just below the bathroom. I used my gas analyser from a distance and quickly removed it as it was picking up 1,200 ppm of CO. That amount of CO seeping under the floor in the bathroom is very dangerous, so I explained the situation to the homeowner and capped off the gas supply to the boiler. The neighbour then had a new boiler fitted under a grant scheme.”