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Home improvements

You could be making a deadly mistake if you DIY on gas appliances

In a world of rising prices, it’s hardly surprising that one in three people say they’d fit a gas appliance themselves to save money. However, some things are worth paying for – and gas safety is one of them. If you work on a gas appliance without being registered, you’re putting you and your family at risk of gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Don’t leave your safety to chance – get a Gas Safe registered engineer in. Registered engineers retrain regularly to ensure that they are up-to-date with the latest appliances and innovations in the industry.

Download our factsheet for more information on who can legally work on gas appliances.

 

Sub-contractors

Many people now assign a home improvement project to one builder or project manager in order to save time and money. Whilst there are contractors who understand the importance of gas safety, worryingly many do not – over 100,000 home improvement jobs resulted in illegal gas work in 2011, and in all cases the work had been subcontracted out to a builder, contractor or project manager who had in turn employed an unregistered business to carry out the gas work.

If you’re using a subcontractor, you may find some of these guidelines useful:

  • You’ll want to find out if the job involves any gas work. If it does, make sure a Gas Safe registered engineer is employed to carry it out.
  • Even if you’re using a builder or project manager, you can still check yourself to ensure the engineer employed is Gas Safe registered.
  • If you’ve had a new appliance fitted, the registered engineer should be informing your Local Authority.
  • If you’ve recently had a new appliance installed and you’re unsure as to who has carried out the work, you can nominate your property for a free inspection.
  • If you think you’ve had gas work done by an unregistered engineer or business, you can report your concerns to us.

Thinking of home improvement? Download our top tips to stay safe.

 

Maria’s story

In 2009, Maria lost her parents when they were overcome by carbon monoxide. The couple recently had building work done and the builder had dangerously enclosed the flue part of the boiler. Read more on Maria's story here.