In the last three years, more than 1000 people have been injured and tragically 31 people have lost their lives as a result of gas related incidents. These include gas leaks, fires, explosions or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Badly fitted and poorly maintained appliances are the cause of these incidents and it’s only by teaching people how to stay safe and how to take the proper precautions that we can move towards becoming a safer nation.
Interactive map designed to draw attention to unsafe appliances
To help people understand the dangers and take action this Gas Safety Week, Gas Safe Register launched an interactive gas map. The map allows people to enter their postcode and see the number of unsafe appliances in their area.
It’s hoped that by bringing gas safety to people’s doorsteps they will realise a gas incident could happen to them. So far over 3,000 people have visited the site to check how safe their area is.
Consumers should have appliances checked once a year
More importantly, in addition to showing the dangers, the map advises people on how they can stay safe. One of the best ways to stay safe is to get all gas appliances checked at least once a year.
Our research found that while eight in 10 people know they should get their appliances checked many forget to do so –the map therefore allows people to sign up to a reminder service.
Use a Gas Safe registered engineer
When getting appliances checked, fixed or fitted, it’s vital that people employ a Gas Safe registered engineer. If someone is not registered then they’re not qualified and not legal. Worryingly, one in five illegal gas jobs the Register investigates are immediately dangerous – this means that the work posed a threat to life or property and the gas supply had to be shut off.
As Gas Safety Week 2013 draws to a close, our lasting advice is simple; get your appliances checked annually, sign up to the reminder service so you don’t forget and only ever use a registered gas engineer.
Information on Gas Safety Week
Gas Safety Week, an annual awareness campaign that kicked off this Monday, aims to bring gas safety to the forefront of people’s minds.
People can find registered engineers by visiting www.gassaferegister.co.uk or by calling 0800 408 5500. They should also ask to see an engineer’s Gas Safe ID card before letting them start work in their home.
Russell Kramer, chief executive of Gas Safe Register