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Residents urged to be gas safe

Published on Thursday, 10th September 2015 in People and communities news

Rotherham Council and Willmott Dixon will be hitting the streets to promote gas safety as part of Gas Safety Week (14 to 20 September).

The two organisations will be hosting a stall on Tuesday September 15 in All Saints Square, talking to residents about dangerous gas appliances, the importance of checking their appliances, or ensuring the correct professionals do.

The fifth annual Gas Safety Week will see organisations across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning for all residents, whether they rent or own their home.

Rotherham Council staff will be reminding council tenants of the importance of keeping gas safety check appointments with Willmott Dixon so appliances can be regularly checked and homes kept safe.

There will also be a quiz on gas safety with two lucky winners receiving a £50 shopping vouchers, donated by Willmott Dixon and their main heating contractor Scarbrooks, as well as the Fire Service being in attendance.

Cllr Denise Lelliott, Advisory Cabinet Member for Housing and the Local Economy said: “Gas safety is important for everyone whether they own their own home or are tenants of the council or another landlord. The large majority of our council tenants are very good at keeping their appointments with our Gas Safe engineers to test their heating systems. Last year, more than 70% of appointments were made and kept, whilst 99.9% of properties have a current Gas Safe certificate.

“However, tenants also have responsibility for making sure some of their own appliances are safe, such as gas cookers, and residents living in their owner-occupier homes are responsible for checking their own heating systems and appliances. We want to make sure everyone is kept safe in their own homes, so Gas Safety Week provides us with a good opportunity to spread these important messages.” 

In the last year, at least 68,000 homes in the UK escaped deadly gas incidents such as these, by engineers switching off dangerous appliances. Nearly one in two of these incidents were caused because a gas appliance had not been regularly serviced and had been left in a poor state.

With 20 deaths nationally and 1,000 gas-related injuries in the last three years, it’s vital that people make sure their gas appliances are safety checked every year by a registered engineer. Anyone working on gas appliances while not being Gas Safe registered is working illegally.

Jonathan Samuel, managing director for Gas Safe Register, said: “We know from our own investigations that one in six gas appliances in the UK are unsafe, meaning far too many people are victims of preventable gas related incidents. 

“It’s great to have the support of Rotherham Council this Gas Safety Week so that we can work together to raise public awareness of gas safety and reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances lurking in the homes of the UK’s 23 million gas consumers.”

Follow these three simple top tips to stay gas safe:

  • Get all of your gas appliances safety checked once a year by a registered engineer and sign up to a free reminder service at www.StayGasSafe.co.uk
  • Make sure your engineer is legal and safe, by making sure they are registered with Gas Safe Register, the UK’s official gas authority. You can check by calling 0800 408 5500 or visiting www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk 
  • Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly, such as a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue one, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room

To find out about dangers in your area visit StayGasSafe.co.uk and to find a Gas Safe registered engineer call 0800 408 5500 or visit GasSafeRegister.co.uk

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