Five point guide to making your home ‘Gas Safe’

Top tips provided by gas safe qualified heating engineer, Darren Lynch of Lynch’s Gas, a registered trademember of RatedPeople.com.

1. Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered

All Gas Safe registered engineers carry an ID card with their own unique license number. The type of work they are qualified to do is listed on the back of their ID cards, along with the date that those qualifications need to be renewed. An engineer’s attitude is also an important indicator; if they are friendly and don’t mind you asking a few questions about the job, it shows they take their work very seriously.

2. Perform regular gas checks

Gas appliances need to be regularly serviced and safety checked at least once a year. Your Gas Safe registered engineer will perform tests to establish your appliances are operating safely. If an appliance or pipework has been installed incorrectly, or in a way that is deemed unsafe, your engineer will follow the guidance outlined in the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP). When moving into a new home, make sure that a gas safety check is at the top of your priority list.

3. Schedule an appropriate service date

The best time to get appliances serviced is in the summer, because engineers tend to be busy collecting and replacing parts to fix faulty heating and hot water supplies during the winter months.

4. Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm

An audible carbon monoxide alarm that is installed correctly should alert you to the presence of poisonous carbon monoxide if it leaks into your home. The gas has no scent or taste and is invisible, so introducing an audible alarm system is the only way to guarantee the detection of a leak.

5. Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

Being aware of the symptoms and signs of a carbon monoxide leak could save your life. One immediate indication could be black sooty marks on surrounding areas of the appliance. Don’t panic though as this may be something unrelated, but certainly don’t ignore it in case. The most common physical symptoms include:

  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • breathlessness
  • loss of consciousness
  • symptoms will leave once you leave your home

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Darren Lynch of Lynch’s Gas, a registered trademember of RatedPeople.com, commented:

“Gas Safety week is heavily advertised amongst members of the tradesmen industry, but there is a still a significant lack of awareness amongst the public about gas safety in general. The services that occur most are for boilers – most likely to keep the warranty valid, because the boiler doesn’t sound right or because a landlord that is legally obligated to do a check.”

“The consequences of not servicing a faulty gas appliance can be catastrophic and this should not be mistaken. I was recently hired to perform a service on two gas boilers located in a garage of a house. The homeowners had only lived in the property for a few months and were having serious issues, with one boiler cutting out very often and one that wouldn’t light for longer than 20 seconds. On initial visual inspection all looked fine, but once I had removed the outer cases it was clear to see that these boilers had not been maintained or serviced from the day they were installed, all seals had perished causing the products of combustion to leak into the outer chamber of the boiler which had corroded causing fumes to escape into the garage area. Had this been within the house, I am in no doubt that someone would have been harmed.”