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Source : Age Cymru
Published on 14 September 2011 12:00 PM
Age Cymru is backing Gas Safety Week 2011.
Gas Safety Week runs from 12-18 September and is run by the Gas Safe Register.
The event aims to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of gas appliances.
Age Cymru’s Healthy Ageing Manager Claire Bottomley says:
“Getting your gas appliances checked every year before the winter months is absolutely vital, and it should be part of you annual pre-winter preparations.
“Gas appliances that are not properly maintained can be dangerous and lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and even explosions.
“Carbon monoxide is the so-called ‘silent killer’ – you can’t see, taste or smell it and on average it kills fifty people a year across the UK."
Claire Bottomley concludes:
“Getting your appliances checked and serviced before winter also means that you will have the reassurance of knowing that your central heating will work when you need it as the weather turns colder.”
Gas Safe Register’s top tips to stay Gas Safe:
1. Have all your gas appliances, including boilers, gas cookers and gas fires, safety checked annually.
2. Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and check gas appliances in your home – it’s the law and will help keep you safe.
3. Always ask to see an engineers Gas Safe ID card and check the back of the card to ensure they are qualified to carry out the specific type of gas work you need.
4. Find a Gas Safe registered engineer in your area or call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500
5. Recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.
6. Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
7. Buy an audible carbon monoxide alarm for your home and make sure it is located near to your gas appliances in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidance. Carbon monoxide can leak from appliances and kill.
8. Only use gas appliances for their intended purpose e.g. don’t use a gas oven to heat a room or use a gas barbeque inside the house.
9. Always ensure there is enough ventilation for your gas appliances to allow them to burn correctly and make sure you are not blocking any air vents that provide an air supply to the gas appliance.
10. Anybody working with gas has to be Gas Safe registered by law. Report someone working without registration or call Gas Safe Register on the free phone number 0800 408 5500.
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