Unsafe gas work and poorly maintained gas appliances pose a serious risk to you and your loved ones. We’ve created a series of articles on gas safety in the home. Read through to keep you and your family safe.
Get your appliances checked
Every gas appliance in your home should be checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Even if you get your boiler serviced, do you have your gas cooker checked? And what about the gas fire in the living room? If a gas appliance begins to malfunction there are serious risks to your health and even your life. Find out why it’s important to have all your gas appliances checked and what checks an engineer will carry out.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors and alarms
Battery or electrically powered CO alarms sound an alarm when they detect elevated carbon monoxide, ensuring you are alerted and can take appropriate action to stay safe. You can learn more about carbon monoxide and how to protect yourself on our CO awareness page.
Landlord and tenant responsibilities
Even if you rent your property, you should be aware of your landlord's legal responsibilities when it comes to gas safety. Learn more about landlord and tenant responsibilities and ensure you stay gas safe.
Having a new appliance fitted?
If you’re having a new gas appliance fitted in your home the gas work must be carried out by a competent Gas Safe registered engineer. You also need to know what paperwork you should receive at the end, as well as other aspects of a new installation. Read our quick guide on getting a new gas appliance fitted.
Gas safety when buying a new home
Buying a new home can be exciting, but also stressful, and there are a lot of aspects to consider as well as a barrage of paperwork and emails. Normal home surveys won’t tell you if gas appliances and pipework are safe so make sure you get a Gas Safe registered engineer to check all gas appliances. We’ve put together a list of things to look out for to keep you gas safe when moving home.
Understanding warning labels
Gas safety in the home is the highest priority for Gas Safe engineers. If they identify a gas-related danger in your home, they will attach a Danger Do Not Use warning label to the hazardous fitting or appliance and then issue you with a warning notice. If you’re given a warning notice don’t panic. Read our guide to understanding warning labels and what action to take.
Gas safety and home improvements
When it comes to home improvements there are a lot of things around the home that you can take care of yourself if you’re into DIY. However, working on or installing gas appliances is not one of them. By law all gas work must be undertaken by a competent Gas Safe registered engineer. If you’re about to undertake some home improvements be sure to read our guide to understand how to make sure you stay safe at home.
The risks of unsafe gas appliances
An unsafe gas appliance can put your life and property at risk. Carbon monoxide poisoning, fires, gas leaks and explosions are some of the biggest dangers. Every gas appliance should be regularly safety checked. Know the risks an unsafe gas appliance poses in your home by reading our guide.
Tips for gas safety in the home
We know you’re busy but being gas safe is important for the safety of everybody in your home. To make it simple we’ve put together a list of the top gas safety tips to keep you safe all year round. You can check the gas safety tips list here.
- Learn how Gas Safe Register has responded to COVID-19 and our advice and guidance related to our new ways of working
- Discover how you can ensure appliances are maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer and stay aware of what to look out for
- Find out more about ensuring your gas fire is installed and maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer, and the warning signs which could indicate an unsafe gas fire