The risk of unsafe Gas Appliances in your home!
by Becci Harris
There are four major risks linked to unsafe Gas Appliances - Gas Leaks, Explosions, Fire, and Carbon Monoxide poisoning. If you don't have your Gas Appliances serviced regularly, or if these are fitted by an incompetent or untrained worker, you could endanger your life. You can also put yourself at risk if you don't respond quickly enough to issues with your boiler or if you fail to have your boiler serviced and maintained regularly.
If you have an unsafe gas appliance in your home then you are at risk of a gas leak. Although gas has no natural smell, a distinct odorant is added to gas so that it can be detected, which you can usually briefly smell when you turn on a gas hob.
Gas leaks are emergencies and need to be attended to immediately by a qualified Gas Safe Registered Engineer! If you think you have a gas leak, don't delay - Call a Gas Safe Registered Engineer immediately!
Fires and Explosions
Gas is highly combustible so if a gas leak does occur in your home and ignites, which could be from simply lighting a match or turning on your cooker, the exposed gas could cause a fire or even worse an explosion.
Carbon Monoxide Leaks/Poisoning
The best way to prevent a CO leak is to ensure you have annual gas safety checks at your home. In addition to these checks, you can take steps to try and detect any leaks that may occur as soon as possible. One of those steps is an audible CO alarm, which should be fitted in every room with a gas appliance. You need to ensure that the alarms have the British Standards Kitemark EN 50291 or European equivalent.
So why get your home Gas Safety Checked?
According to the Gas Safe Register, close to 1.1 million jobs are carried out each year by illegal, unregistered gas engineers which accounts for the unsafe installation of 186,000 gas cookers, 147,000 boilers, 75,000 gas fires, 32,000 gas meters and 645,000 gas pipework over one year. As well as safety benefits, gas safety inspections can also help - Avoid expensive breakdowns, maximise fuel efficiency, reduce bills, ensure correct gas pressure, ensure correct operation of controls, ensure safe ignition and guarantee that you comply with the most recent Gas Safety legislation.
In order to keep yourself and your family safe, a Gas Safety Check should be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer on all your gas appliances annually. You should also make sure that your Boiler is serviced and maintained regularly (the recommendation is at least every 12 months).
If you would like to speak to Harris Heating, your local heating experts, about your gas appliances, contact our team on 0113 250 53 75 today or visit our website for more information! We are currently offering 10% discount* on Boiler Servicing and Repairs until the end of February!
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