Poorly fitted gas appliances can result in gas leaks, explosions, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, therefore it is imperative that a registered gas engineer is used to carry out the appropriate, annual safety checks in your house. Carbon Monoxide cannot be sensed by smell, taste or sight, but will trigger noticeable symptoms including nausea, headaches, dizziness and loss of consciousness. If you suspect you have been exposed to Carbon Monoxide, you must contact your local GP immediately. An extra safety precaution is to get a Carbon Monoxide alarm, which will alert you if any gas leaks are detected in your house, however it should never replace regular gas service checks.
The ‘Gas Safe Register’ (previously known as CORGI) is there to ensure that the engineer carrying out works in your property are completely qualified to do so. This register includes a list of gas engineers complete with their qualifications outlined so you know the job you require them to do will be done properly. Call the Gas Safe helpline on 0800 40 85500 free, to find your local qualified engineer.
Upon arrival, each registered engineer is expected to carry their ID card with them, to confirm their identification with an outline of their qualification for each job at the back of the card. Your engineer is trained to carry out works on your Gas boiler, Gas cooker and fire if present.
You may be entitled to a free gas check if the following applies to you:
• you are an elderly, chronically ill or disabled citizen living both alone or with others who are elderly, ill or disabled (and/or under the age of 18)
• no gas safety checks have been carried out in your premises within the last 12 months
• people living in a premises where at least one child under 5 resides
• people who live in a premises where the current landlord is under no obligation to arrange checks (under the Health and Safety at work Act)