This week is Gas Safety Week and here at Severn Vale Housing we are proud to be supporting the event which is taking place between 18th – 24th September.
Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work with gas.
Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.
By letting Severn Vale Housing take care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe.
- Allow Severn Vale Housing to look at your gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Please allow our Gas Safety engineers access to your property to make sure this is carried out on a regular basis. You will be contacted by us to arrange a suitable appointment for you. Failure to allow our gas engineers access to your home means you are in breach of your tenancy agreement.
- Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find and check an engineer at www.gassaferegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500. All of our gas engineers are registered.
- Check your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Always ask to see an ID card before you let anyone into your home and make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of their ID card.
- Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
- Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
- Have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.
For gas safety advice or to find and check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at www.gassaferegister.co.uk. Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.
If you are concerned about any gas appliance in your home call the Severn Vale Housing number on 01684 272727 immediately or in an out of hours emergency call 01684 272727 and press option 2.
Help us to keep you safe in your home.