Gas safety is important all year round, but It’s often not always a household’s priority. Gas Safe Week, which is only 2 months away – is coordinated by the Gas Safe Register, provides a platform for the gas industry, consumer organisations and individuals to focus all their communications on gas safety in one week. This annual gathering encourages people to take good care of their gas appliances to ensure their homes are gas safe. In the lead up to Gas Safe week, LJS aim to provide you with all the information you need on safety heating your home.

 However, you may be thinking – why do we need an annual safety reminder?

 Twenty-three million properties in the UK are gas fuelled. Gas is used for heating, hot water and cooking. The Gas Safe Register Research in 2009 showed that 7,500 gas fitters have been registered in the UK for operating illegally and according to a Gas Safe Week Research form in 2011, 43% of the UK public overlook the annual check of their gas appliances.

Additional research has found that in recent years 700,000 incidents caused by unsafe gas appliance have been registered. This includes gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning – all as a result of a poorly fitted gas appliance. This is the reason we urge our customers to check their gas appliances annually.

 Steps you should take for gas safety

  • Check your gas appliances ever year – a gas safety check of clue or chimney, checking safety devices and checking whether gas appliances are burning properly. If you are a tenant, please ensure you ask your landlord for a copy of the gas safety record – a certificate that guarantees the gas fitting has been checking and meets the national safety standards. Please remember that landlords are legally responsible for providing you with a gas safety check.
  • Check if your engineer is Gas Safe registered – only gas safe registered engineers can legally fit, fix and service gas appliances. LJS are gas safe registered.

In addition to these gas safety checks, the organisers of Gas Safe Week advise people to be aware of the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. These include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Breathlessness
  • Nausea
  • Collapse and loss of consciousness

Additionally, the warning signs of unsafe gas appliances including a high level of condensation in your properly include:

  • Black marks on appliances
  • Yellow or orange flames of your gas cooker

To ensure ultimate gas safety you can get an audible carbon monoxide alarm fitted, which will alert you should there be any carbon monoxide leaks around your property.

If you know its time to check your gas appliances, please contact a member of the LJS team to book your annual service in now.

LJS Gas and Heating are specialists on the field of commercial, industrial and domestic gas installation and maintenance covering the Hampshire and London areas. If you’ve got a question regarding your Gas safety, please contact a member of our team today on ljsplumbingandheating@yahoo.co.uk.