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Can you smell gas? If so, call

Transco Gas Leak  0800 111999 

Do not hesitate, do not ignore the situation. Gas leaks can be lethal. Your call will be treated with the utmost urgency. Better to be mistaken than to turn your back. Call TRANSCO IMMEDIATELY

 

Important notice regarding gas installations

The incorrect installation of a gas appliance can be lethal !!

 

From the 1st April 2009 things have changed in the UK.

Installers working in Great Britain with gas previously needed to be CORGI Registered. This has been superseded by the Gas Safe Register.

When installing, servicing or replacing gas appliances you should look only to those who are registered with the Gas Safe Register.

It is not sufficient for an installer to claim CORGI status, CORGI is no longer a valid registration body and has be replaced by the GAS SAFE REGISTER.

 

Check an Installer's credentials

The validity of an installer's claim to be registered can be discretely checked by contacting the

This can be done by telephone: +44 (0)800 408 5500

or by visiting their website www.gassaferegister.co.uk

Simply ask your installer (or person claiming to be registered) for their registration number. Enter the number on the website and see whether they are indeed permitted to work with gas in Great Britain. Do not accept excuses.

 

Report an illegal gas engineer

People working with gas without the relevant training on up-to-date methods and with modern appliances and equipment are a danger to society. The mere fact they are not registered implies a fundamental lack of respect for the system and dangers associated with the industry. Do not accept excuses or objections as to why they are not registered. They are operating outside the Law. By employing them, so are you.

Gas appliance installations require certification. A person who is not registered may not issue valid certification. Do not put yourself or anybody else at the mercy of cowboys or cheats.

Protect society from illegal engineers by visiting the website www.gassaferegister.co.uk

 

Gas Safety - 

visit the Health and Safety Executive's website

or telephone the HSE gas safety advice line on 

0845 345 0055

 

Please note:

As distributors we do not offer installation of gas appliances.

Installation should only be undertaken by a qualified fitter who is on the GAS SAFE REGISTER.


Gas Safety - Things you should know

The following information is provided as a guide only. It's purpose is to raise your awareness to gas safety. No liability will be accepted by this website for inaccuracy, error or advice contained herein. You are advised to seek legal or expert confirmation wherever necessary.

 
Carbon Monoxide
Thank you for visiting this site. The site provides important information on carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning caused by gas appliances.

FACT: carbon monoxide from gas appliances kills on average 30 people a year

 
About CO - The Facts About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

What you should know

  • CO is widely known as the "silent killer"
  • CO is highly poisonous
  • CO is undetectable to human senses. You can't see, smell or taste its presence
  • Exposure to even very low levels can cause brain damage or death

How is it produced?

  • CO is produced by the incomplete combustion of gaseous, solid and liquid fuels
  • CO arises from badly installed or poorly maintained gas appliances
  • It is also produced if there is insufficient ventilation, i.e. if the chimneys and flues are blocked and if the appliance is not working properly

What signs can I look for?

  • Yellow or brown staining around or on appliances
  • Pilot lights which frequently blow out
  • Increased condensation inside windows

 

About the Law:
Tenants
Where you stand with regulations concerning CO

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 place duties on gas consumers, installers, suppliers and landlords.

REMEMBER, for your own protection:
  • By law most landlords are responsible for making sure that appliances and flues they provide for tenants' use are maintained in good order and checked for safety at least every twelve months. They must also keep a record of the safety checks and issue it to you, the tenant. If you live in, or are about to move into, rented accommodation, your landlord must provide you with a copy of the safety checks. If you own the appliance, you are responsible for its maintenance and safety checks.
  • By law anyone carrying out work on gas appliances or fitting as part of their business must be competent and registered with
  • By law you must not use any gas appliance or fittings you know or suspect to be unsafe. HSE has asked all registered installers to disconnect any gas appliance which is so dangerous as to be a threat to life if it is used. If your Landlord's installer asks your permission to disconnect such an appliance it will be in the interests of your own safety, and that of others, to agree. Before you use this appliance again,
  • make sure it is repaired by a   registered gas installer.
  • By law only a competent person can carry out work on gas appliances or fittings. Do-it-yourself work on gas appliances or fittings could be dangerous and is likely to be illegal.

 

Owner Occupiers
Where you stand with regulations concerning CO

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 place duties on gas consumers, installers, suppliers and landlords.

REMEMBER, for your own protection:
  • By law all gas installers which carry out work on gas appliances must be registered with . Always check your installer is registered by asking to see their identification card or current registration certificate or ring .
  • By law only a competent person can carry out work on gas appliances or fittings. Do-it-yourself work on gas appliances or fittings could be dangerous and is likely to be illegal.
  • By law you must not use any gas appliance or fittings you know or suspect to be unsafe. HSE has asked all registered installers to disconnect any gas appliance which is so dangerous as to be a threat to life if it is used. If your installer asks your permission to disconnect such an appliance it will be in the interests of your own safety, and that of others, to agree. Before you use this appliance again, make sure it is repaired by a registered gas installer.
  • By law, with the exception of the room sealed type, there are restrictions on the installation of gas appliances in sleeping accommodation. These restrictions apply only to appliances fitted after 1 January 1996. Non room-sealed appliances of less than 14 kilowatts may be fitted as long as they have a device which automatically turns the gas supply off before a dangerous level of toxic fumes builds up. However, non room-sealed appliances above this threshold are prohibited in such accommodation.
  • By law, since 31 October 1998, it has been illegal to install instantaneous water heaters which are not room sealed or fitted with a safety device which automatically turns the gas supply off before a dangerous level of poisonous fumes build up.

 

Landlords

What are my main duties as a landlord?

You are required to:

  • Ensure gas fittings and flues are maintained in a safe condition.
  • Ensure an annual safety check is carried out on each gas appliance/flue. Before any new lease starts, you must make sure that these checks have been carried out within one year before the start of the lease date, unless the appliances in the property have been installed for less than 12 months, in which case they should be checked within 12 months of their installation date.
  • Have all installation, maintenance, and safety checks carried out by a registered gas installer.
  • Keep a record of each safety check for 2 years.
  • Issue a copy of the safety check record to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed, or to any new tenant before they take up residence (in certain cases there is an option to display the record).

Other information

  • By law all gas installers which carry out work on gas appliances must be registered with . Always check your installer is registered by asking to see their identification card or ring .
  • By law only a competent person can carry out work on gas appliances or fittings. Do-it-yourself work on gas appliances or fittings could be dangerous and is likely to be illegal.
  • By law, with the exception of the room sealed type, there are restrictions on the installation of gas appliances in sleeping accommodation. These restrictions apply only to appliances fitted after 1 January 1996. Non room-sealed appliances of less than 14 kilowatts may be fitted as long as they have a device which automatically turns the gas supply off before a dangerous level of toxic fumes builds up. However, non room-sealed appliances above this threshold are prohibited in such accommodation.
  • By law, since 31 October 1998, it has been illegal to install instantaneous water heaters which are not room sealed or fitted with a safety device which automatically turns the gas supply off before a dangerous level of poisonous fumes build up.

 

TAKE ACTION
Tenants

If you suspect the presence of CO, switch off the gas appliances in your home and call a registered installer. Visit your GP and request a blood test to measure the level of CO in your blood.

REMEMBER by law your landlord is responsible for making sure that appliances they own in the property your are renting are maintained in good order and checked for safety at least every twelve months. They must also keep a record of the safety check and issue it to you, the tenant. If you live in, or are about to move into, rented accommodation, your landlord must provide you with a copy of the safety check record. If you own the appliance, you are responsible for its maintenance and safety checks.

 

Health & Safety Executive can help:

The Health and Safety Executive are committed to raising awareness of the dangers of CO poisoning. Ring our freephone helpline. You will be connected to a trained advisor who can give you the advice which you need or put you in touch with somebody who will give you that advice. You too can help. We would like you to be vigilant.

 

TAKE ACTION - Owner Occupiers

If you suspect the presence of CO in your home

  • Switch off the gas appliances in your home and call a registered installer.
  • Visit your GP and request a blood test to measure the level of CO in your blood.
  • Do not allow an unqualified person to install, maintain or carry out safety checks on any gas appliance in your home.

REMEMBER by law all gas installers which carry out work on gas appliances must be registered with . Always check your installer is registered by asking to see their identification card or ring .

 

REMEMBER, by law:

  • Only a competent person, someone with the right knowledge and technical experience can carry out work on gas appliances.
  • Do-it-yourself installation or maintenance work on gas appliances can therefore be both dangerous and illegal.

REMEMBER, by law:

  • You must not use any gas appliance you know or suspect is not safe.
  • HSE has asked all registered installers to disconnect any gas appliance which is so dangerous as to be a threat to life if it is used.
  • If your installer asks your permission to disconnect such an appliance it will be in the interests of your own safety, and that of others, to agree.
Before you use this appliance again, make sure it is repaired by a registered gas installer

 

TAKE ACTION - Landlords
  • Ensure all gas appliances are switched off in the property and call a registered installer.
  • Get your tenants to visit their GP's to request a blood test to measure the level of CO in their blood.
  • To ensure an annual safety check is carried out on each gas appliance/flue in relevant premises. Before any new lease starts, you must make sure that these checks have been carried out, unless the appliances in the property have been installed for less than 12 months, in which case they should be checked within 12 months of their installation date.
  • To keep a record of each check for 2 years.
  • You must issue a copy of the safety check record to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed, or to any new tenant prior before occupation (in certain cases there is an option to display the record e.g. in lets of less than 28 days, such as holiday homes).
  • You must ensure gas fittings and flues are maintained in a safe condition at all times. All safety check and maintenance work must be done by a registered gas installer.
  • You should not assume that an annual service inspection meets the safety check requirements, or that a safety check will be sufficient to provide effective maintenance. The points to be covered in a safety check are specified in the Regulations. The advice of a registered gas installer should be sought where necessary in this respect.

 

Report your Landlord
  • please call the HSE CO Gas safety advice line on 0800 300363.
 
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