Demonstrations to highlight gas safety issues will be held at City Hall as part of Gas Safety Week this week.
The annual safety week, which runs from September 14 to 20, aims to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of gas appliances. If left untouched, poorly serviced appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas that you can’t see, taste or smell, but it can kill quickly with no warning.
This Wednesday, September 16, Aaron Services Ltd will be on hand to demonstrate the tell-tale signs of gas safety issues and the steps people should take to keep their homes safe.
Graeme Twell, Cyclical and Compliance Team Leader at City of Lincoln Council, said: “It’s important for us to support Gas Safety Week and do our bit to raise awareness of gas safety issues in people’s homes. As a landlord, we have an obligation to carry out gas safety checks and, to date, have a 100 per cent access rate.”
The event will take place from 10am in main reception in City Hall.
Make sure your home is kept gas safe by following these simple checks:
- Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances. You can find or check a local engineer in your area by visiting www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or calling 0800 408 5500
- Check your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing - you can find this information on the back of the card
- Have all your gas appliances regularly services and safety checked every year. If you rent your home ask for a copy of the landlord’s current gas safety record
- Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly, for example, lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room
- Know the six sins of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning - headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions
- Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home
For more information visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk