Gas Safety Week takes place every year to raise
awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your
Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause fires,
explosions and carbon monoxide leaks.
Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas. Thousands of people
are diagnosed with potentially deadly carbon monoxide poisoning
every year due to faulty appliances.
It's important that you check your gas appliances regularly and
take care of them properly. Follow our safety tips below to keep
you and your family safe.
- Did you know your gas cooker could be a source of carbon
monoxide emissions? Make sure new cookers are installed by a Gas
Safe registered engineer, and get your gas cooker serviced
- Don't block air vents in a room with a gas fire, as this can
increase the chances of dangerous carbon monoxide
emissions. If the gas fire belongs to you, it's your
responsibility to have it safety checked every year.
- Recognise the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning: headaches,
dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of
consciousness. If you think you may be affected, see your
doctor or go to hospital immediately.
- Buy a carbon monoxide alarm and place it near your boiler or
other gas appliances. If it goes off and doesn't stop, make sure
all your appliances are turned off and call the Gas Emergency
Service (24 hours) on 0800 111 999.
- If you can smell gas, there could be a leak. Make sure all your
appliances are turned off and call the Gas Emergency Service (24
hours) on 0800 111 999.
Find out more about staying gas safe on the Gas Safe Register's
19 September 2016