14 Sep 2015

GreenSquare supports Gas Safety Week 2015

GreenSquare has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (14-20 September 2015), to help raise awareness of gas safety issues and to keep the public safe from dangerous gas appliances.

This fifth annual Gas Safety Week aims together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. In the last year, at least 68,000 homes in the UK escaped deadly gas incidents such as these, by engineers switching off dangerous appliances. Nearly one in two of these incidents were caused because a gas appliance had not been regularly serviced and had been left in a poor state.

Chris Brobin, GreenSquare’s Group Heating Manager, said: “With 20 deaths and 1,000 gas-related injuries in the last three years, it’s vital that people make sure their gas appliances are safety checked every year by a registered engineer. 

“GreenSquare has its own gas heating maintenance team, which is Gas Safe registered. The team provides a flexible service in-house – making sure all of our residents are warm, safe and happy in their homes.” 

Jonathan Samuel, managing director for Gas Safe Register, said: “We know from our own investigations that one in six gas appliances in the UK are unsafe, meaning far too many people are victims of preventable gas-related incidents. It’s great to have the support of GreenSquare this Gas Safety Week so that we can work together to raise public awareness of gas safety and reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances lurking in the homes of the UK’s 23 million gas consumers.”

Follow these three simple top tips to stay gas safe:

  • Get all of your gas appliances safety checked once a year by a registered engineer and sign up to a free reminder service at www.StayGasSafe.co.uk 
  • Make sure your engineer is legal and safe, by making sure they are registered with Gas Safe Register, the UK’s official gas authority. You can check by calling 0800 408 5500 or visiting www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk 
  • Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly, such as a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue one, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.

To find out about dangers in your area, visit www.StayGasSafe.co.uk. To arrange a gas servicing visit, contact us (details here).

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