It’s that time of year…Gas Safety Week! Gas Safety Week, running from 17th – 22nd September, is an annual event organised by the Gas Safe Register that helps to raise the awareness of the importance of maintaining and taking care of gas appliances in the home.
To support Gas Safety Week and to make sure that homeowners across Lincoln are staying safe with gas, we’ve put together some helpful tips for you to follow.
Arrange for a gas safety check
If you want to make sure that your boiler is running as safe and efficient as possible then we can recommend a gas safety check. It’s important that you have your gas appliances safety checked every year.
A Gas Safe registered engineer from Glow can carry out a safety check on your heating system to make sure that your boiler and gas appliances are working as they should. Boiler services take around an hour to complete.
- Gas pressure – making sure it’s burning at the correct operating pressure
- Flue – to make sure your appliance isn’t leaking carbon monoxide
- Controls – to make sure they’re working correctly
- Harmful gases – making sure they’re being transferred cleanly outside the home
- Electrical connections
- Water and gas pipework
- Any potential leaks or wear
Find out more about a Glow Boiler Service.
Problems with boiler safety, such as ventilation tube blockages can cause carbon monoxide to build up, and if it’s released into the home it can cause serious health risks – so it’s always better to get your gas system checked annually or when you think there may be an issue with it.
Things you can do and look out for
A gas safety check is the most efficient and safe way that you can check that your heating system is working correctly. But as well as that, there are things you can do and look out for that will help keep you and your loved ones safe and make sure your gas appliances last as long as they should.
- If you’re a tenant, check your Landlord’s Gas Safety Record. Your landlord must arrange for a safety check every 12 months and issue you with a record of the check.
- Check for warning signs on your appliances such as lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones. Also check for black marks on or around the gas appliance and too much condensation in the room.
- Set a reminder for all your gas appliances to be checked.
- Know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousnes.
- Get a carbon monoxide alarm fitted. Poorly serviced gas appliances can cause leaks and possible carbon monoxide poisoning. You can’t smell, see or taste carbon monoxide, making it a silent killer. A carbon monoxide alarm will alert you of carbon monoxide in the home.
What happens if you can smell gas?
If you can smell gas or think you have a gas leak then you should call the National Gas Emergency Number 0800 111 999.
At Glow we want you to stay as safe as possible so we hope you’ve found our gas safe tips helpful. We operate across the county; servicing, repairing and installing boilers in Lincolnshire. To arrange for your boiler service in Lincoln, simply get in touch.