Be Safe - Be Aware of Gas Safety
By Stephen P Brown
It is important to remember that gas safety should always be kept as a number 1 issue whether in industrial or domestic situations. In the majority of properties a lot of people don't know where to turn of their gas supply. You should know where the meter and emergency control valve is located! And you must make sure that it is not obstructed at all times. All gas meters must have an emergency control valve to allow it to be turned off in the event of an emergency and to allow work to be carried out on the installation. All emergency control valves should be identified to make the user aware of their function and operation. It is of uppermost important to have all appliances regularly maintained and serviced, this should be carried out at least once a year, without the appliances being serviced their is a substantial risk of carbon monoxide poisoning occurring due to the gas not burning correctly.
Poorly maintained gas appliances are a major cause of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. For the safety of you and your family, fit a carbon monoxide alarm in your home. Unsafe appliances can kill. Carbon monoxide, you can't see it, taste it or smell it. It is also important that all pipe work and meters are checked by registered gas safe operatives. Landlords have a responsibility by law to ensure gas appliances are serviced every 12 months and a landlords safety certificate (CP12) is issued. If you think your appliance may be at risk, turn off, do not use, turn off at the meter and call the national grid on free phone 0800 111 999. It is illegal for any person/s to use a gas appliance if they think it is unsafe. The appliance must be checked by a registered gas engineer who must be a member of the new 'gas safe register'.
The governing body in the UK is gas safe register which replaced corgi as from the 1st April 2009. Always remember to check the reverse side of their identification card to check on which appliances that the operative may work on. Just because they are a member of the gas safe register it does not mean they are qualified to work on all appliances, you should ask and then check to confirm on their id card or if there is any doubt call the gas safe register on 0800 408 5500. Always check the ID card. By law, the engineer must be on the gas safe register to carry out gas work.
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