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‘Stay Safe’ in Gas Safety Week 2012

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We support gas safety week

It’s Gas Safety Week, so to support the cause we asked a spokesman to explain what it’s all about, and what you should do to stay safe.

It’s the second national Gas Safety Week, which runs from 10th – 16th September, but what is it and why is gas safety so important to you and your family?

The week is organised by Gas Safe Register, the body which manages the list of those qualified to work safely and legally on gas appliances. If you have an engineer come into your home to fit, fix or service your gas appliances such as your boiler or cooker then, by law, they need to be on the Gas Safe Register.

Gas Safety Week is an opportunity to get people talking about gas safety issues and making sure they know how to keep themselves safe.

Elderly man inspecting a gas safety register card

Elderly man inspecting a gas safety register card

It’s Gas Safety Week, so to support the cause we asked a spokesman to explain what it’s all about, and what you should do to stay safe.

“Making people aware of the potential risks is really important.” Said Paul Johnston, chief executive of Gas Safe Register.

“But it also really important that once people know the risks that we also give them practical tips on what to look out for and what they can do to keep themselves safe.”

The main message for Gas Safety Week is to ‘stay safe’ and the Register has pulled together a list of six ‘top tips for gas safety.

Top Gas Safety tips

– Have your gas appliances safety checked and serviced every year. If you are a tenant then make sure your landlord arranges this.
– Only use a Gas Safe Registered engineer to fit, fix and service gas appliances.
– Ask to see your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card.
– Lazy yellow flames could be a sign your gas appliance is not working correctly.
– Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm to alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.
– If you smell gas call the gas emergency number on 0800 111 999.

A gas safety inspector

A gas safety inspector

Although Gas Safety Week is organised by Gas Safe Register many other organisations are also taking part and doing their bit to get the gas safety message across.

Retailers like B&Q and Homebase are helping host events in many of their stores, as are many of the more trade-focused stores like builders merchants. There is also support from energy suppliers, housing associations, councils and community groups.

Last year over 1000 organisations supported Gas Safety Week and the 2012 campaign aims to achieve even more.

“The support of people and organisations from across industry has been fantastic. We have had everything from huge national companies dealing with millions of customers right down to tiny local organisations who want a pack of safety leaflets to hand out at a coffee morning. Both are really good ways of getting the gas safety message out to people.” Added Paul Johnston.

If you would like to find out more about see the dedicated Gas Safety Week 2012 page. Or, if you want more about gas safety in general (like how to find or check a gas engineer or how to nominate your property for a free gas safety check) visit the Gas Safe Register site.

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