Gas safety

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Make sure your gas appliances at home are safe and take steps to protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning and fire.

Gas safety

  • If you smell gas, call the gas emergency number 0800 111 999 straight away.
  • If you have a gas boiler, the pilot light should be alight all the time. If it has gone out and you can’t relight it yourself call out a Gas Safe registered engineer.

Get carbon monoxide detectors

Carbon monoxide is known as a ‘silent killer’ because you can’t see, taste or smell it. Heaters that burn gas, coal or wood can give off poisonous carbon monoxide fumes if they’re not working properly.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to a cold or flu and can include:

  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • breathlessness
  • collapse
  • loss of consciousness

A carbon monoxide detector will flash and sound an audible alarm if it detects carbon monoxide. You should install one in every room where there is a gas appliance.

When you buy a carbon monoxide detector, make sure it bears the Kitemark and European Standard number BS EN 50291.

If you think carbon monoxide is present, call the gas emergency number 0800 111 999. If you have solid fuel heating, call a solid fuel engineer. Contact the Solid Fuel Association for a list of members.

 

Advice line:
08000 223 444
 

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