Working with gas can be dangerous, so it’s crucial that you never try to fix, fit or move appliances like your boiler or cooker yourself. Poorly fitted or serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning; it just isn’t worth the risk.
By law, anyone carrying out work on gas appliances and fittings as part of their business must be competent and registered with us. That’s why we’d advise that you only ever use a Gas Safe registered engineer to carry out gas work in your home.
When your engineer visits, you’ll want to ask to see their Gas Safe ID card which confirms they’re appropriately qualified to safely carry out the work in question.
To help you and your family stay safe while you’re making improvements to your home, here are our top tips:
If you’re using a subcontractor to undertake any improvements in your home, here’s what you need to bear in mind:
Whether you’re doing your own home improvements or using a subcontractor, it’s worth considering that some work could have an impact on your gas appliances, even if they aren’t being worked on directly.
Make sure your tradesperson conducts and documents the findings of a risk assessment which should identify any risk and control measures to ensure gas safety isn’t compromised.
Here are some examples of work which could have a gas safety impact:
Maria lost her parents when they were overcome by carbon monoxide. They’d recently had building work done and the builder had dangerously enclosed the flue of the boiler. Read more on Maria's story here.