Gas is one of the main resources relied upon by households throughout the UK.
It’s often taken for granted, yet it’s used for everything from heating the home, to cooking meals each day. However, gas also poses a danger to the safety and well-being of your family; if a gas appliance has a fault, it could result in a carbon monoxide leak.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious risk with gas appliances in the home. The gas is odourless and colourless, and undetectable without a carbon monoxide alarm. A leak can cause a person to experience drowsiness or even death in the most extreme circumstances.
Therefore, an annual gas safety check is strongly recommended for homeowners. Landlords, who rent properties out, are in fact legally required to ensure a safety check is performed every year.
What checks are carried out in a Gas Safety Check?
A qualified engineer will perform various checks, such as ensuring that all pressure and heat input of all gas appliances are operating optimally. And that each appliance has the correct air supply to burn effectively and cleanly.
The boiler must be fitted and connected correctly and tested to ensure it operates efficiently. The flue or chimney that’s attached to the boiler or gas fire will be checked for blockages that prevent gas fumes from escaping the property. All safety devices, including your carbon monoxide alarm, will be tested to ensure they’re reliable and are working correctly.
To have peace of mind, knowing that you and your family are secure in your home, only a trained and qualified engineer with experience, skills, and knowledge of gas appliances should carry out a Gas Safety Check.
An engineer who is Gas Safe Registered is the ideal choice as this demonstrates their level of competency. Hiring someone who isn’t registered could risk your safety, or legally invalidate the safety check.