Make sure you are gas safe

The potentially deadly consequences of using cowboy gas engineers to install, service and repair boilers are being highlighted by local Trading Standards Officers.

Nottinghamshire County Council is using the first ever national Gas Safety Week (11th-15th September) to remind householders to always use registered Gas Safe Engineers.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.

By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Follow these top tips to help keep you and your family gas safe:

make sure only a Gas Safe registered engineer works on your gas appliances

always check the engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card

make sure gas appliances have a regular service and annual gas safety check

To find a Gas Safe Registered engineer in your area visit www.gassaferegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.

Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council has 50 gas engineers approved on its Buy with Confidence scheme at www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk

All companies approved as Buy with Confidence members have been vetted by Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council Trading Standards and must pass a series of tailored background checks. Traders must also agree to abide by the Scheme’s Code of Conduct.

Coun Mick Murphy, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said: “As colder temperatures arrive many people will be having their gas appliances serviced or new ones installed ahead of the winter months.

“It’s absolutely vital that people use a Gas Safe registered engineer to install, repair or service a gas appliance. Using a business registered with our Buy with Confidence scheme provides extra reassurance that the company is a reputable one.”