A third of UK adults (33%) don’t know the signs of an unsafe gas appliance, according to Gas Safe Register’s research. This Gas Safety Week (17-23 September) Gas Safe Register will be raising awareness about the dangers of unsafe gas appliances, with the support of the industry.
The signs to check for if a gas appliance is unsafe were recognised by some people as; a lazy yellow flame (33%), the pilot light keeps going out (32%), black marks or stains on or around the appliances (29%) and increased condensation inside windows (12%).
One in six adults (17%) also admitted that they take no steps at all to ensure their home’s gas appliances are safe. Nearly half (47%) said they have their gas appliances checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer, two in five (38%) have an audible carbon monoxide alarm and one in three (29%) know to check that their gas engineer is on the Gas Safe Register.
For the eighth annual Gas Safety Week (17th-23rd September), Gas Safe Register will be focusing on a different theme each day to share important facts and advice about gas safety. The themes of these are as follows:
|Monday||'FAMILY MATTERS' - Unsafe appliances can be fatal; we are helping families know the signs to look out for to stay gas safe.|
|Tuesday||‘CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) AND GAS SAFETY RISKS’ – With CO gas known as the silent killer, it is important we know these symptoms.|
|Wednesday||‘RENTING RESPONSIBILITIES’ - Know your legal rights and responsibilities when it comes to renting a property.|
|Thursday||‘ILLEGALS’ - Only registered engineers can legally work on gas appliances. Stay on the right side of the law and stop energy theft.|
|Friday||EVERYDAY HEROES’ - Celebrating gas engineers as everyday heroes who keep UK families gas safe.|
|Saturday||‘DON’T DO IT YOURSELF’ - Leave gas work to the experts – registered gas engineers.|
|Sunday||‘SAFETY AT HOME’ - How to stay safe at home and spot unsafe gas appliances.|
Jonathan Samuel, chief executive of Gas Safe Register, said:
“This Gas Safety Week we are encouraging families to learn about why keeping your gas appliances working safely is so important. A gas safety check by a registered gas engineer is the first line of defence from a potential fire or carbon monoxide poisoning and we recommend getting a gas safety check every year for peace of mind.”
Gas Safe Register recommends six simple steps to keep families safe and warm in their homes:
Show your support for Gas Safety Week 2018:
To find out more about the dangers, preventable measures and to find a Gas Safe registered engineer you can used our Find An Engineer page or call 0800 408 5500. You can also find more information from Gas Safe Register on social media - @GasSafeRegister on Twitter, gassaferegister on Instagram and Gas Safe Register on Facebook and LinkedIn.