Gas Safety Checks for Your Home

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal and cause lasting damage to the brain and body. A gas safety check will ensure that all the gas appliances in your home are safe to use and there are no leaks.

A Gas Safety Check is a means of checking the safety of any gas appliances that you have in your property. The check will be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer and should be done on an annual basis.

The Gas Safety Check will involve the engineer doing various things such as looking for gas leaks, measuring the levels of carbon monoxide, making sure that all gas appliances are working correctly and are safe to use and checking for any corrosion or unsafe fittings on pipework.

If you are a landlord then you are required by law to have the Gas Safety Check carried out each year in order to ensure that all tenants are safe from any potentially dangerous gas appliances. This is part of the Landlords Gas Safety Requirements. If you fail to carry this out then you could face prosecution so it is vital that you ensure you stay up to date with your checks.

If you take care of a relative who is elderly or suffers from an illness then it is also recommended that you have a yearly check carried out on their gas appliances. This is because they may not be aware of any issues with their appliances such as low levels of carbon monoxide or dangerous fittings and they could be at risk of being injured or worse if something goes wrong with their gas appliances.

Who can carry out gas safety checks?

Only a Gas Safe registered engineer can check your gas appliances. You shouldn’t use anyone who isn’t on the Gas Safe Register. It’s illegal, and it’s extremely dangerous. Every year people die unnecessarily from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning caused by unsafe gas work. A faulty boiler is the most common cause of CO poisoning in the home.

What does a landlord have to do?

If you’re renting, your landlord must arrange for an annual gas safety check to be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. They should also provide you with a copy of the gas safety record within 28 days of the check being completed or before you move in if you’re a new tenant. If this doesn’t happen, contact your local council’s environmental health department.

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