It’s likely we’ll be spending a lot more time at home this winter. So, it’s important to make sure your gas appliances are working safely.
It’s vital to get your gas appliances checked and serviced regularly to keep them working safely. GreenSquare has a legal duty to service your gas appliances every 12 months (click here to find out more). However, there are plenty of things you can do to keep an eye on your appliances and help you to stay safe at home.
Make sure you’re aware of the signs of faulty appliances such as unusual noises, fault lights, intermittent heating or hot water.
In addition, look out for the following signs that could indicate your appliances and pipework may be unsafe:
1. Lazy yellow flame
Check your gas flame: has it become yellow, lazy and floppy? A yellow flame may indicate a problem with the appliance.
2. Sooting or staining
Dark staining around an appliance may mean that it’s not working safely.
3. Blocked vents or chimneys
Gas appliances need ventilation. Make sure yours are clear. Should you detect one of these signs, contact a Gas Safe registered engineer immediately to check your appliances and flues.
There are other simple steps you can take to keep your home gas safe this winter:
Only use appliances for their intended purpose
Never use a cooker or any other gas appliance not intended for heating to warm a room.
Get an audible carbon monoxide alarm
A battery operated or mains powered CO alarm starts at around £20 from DIY shops, supermarkets and energy suppliers – and could save your life.
Recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon Monoxide poisoning can cause:
– Loss of consciousness
If you experience these symptoms and suspect CO poisoning get fresh air immediately, open all windows and doors and turn off the gas.
Seek medical advice immediately and if you think there’s immediate danger, call the Gas Emergency Helpline on 0800 111 999. Click here to find out more.
Never allow anyone, other than a Gas Safe registered engineer, to carry out work on a gas appliance in your property. All of our engineers are Gas Safe registered and will always carry identification with them. To check whether an engineer is Gas Safe, visit www.gassaferegister.co.uk.