NEXT week is Gas Safety Week and Cambridgeshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service is backing the awareness raising campaign to keep people safe and secure.
Cambridgeshire residents are being reminded that if they need someone to work on a gas appliance or to fit gas equipment, they should only employ engineers who are on the Gas Safe Register (which replaced CORGI).
It is against the law for anyone who is not registered to carry out gas work. To find a registered gas engineer in your area, or to check a registration, go to: www.gassaferegister.co.uk
Building companies who sub-contract gas work should also only use people who are listed on the Gas Safe Register – unfortunately research shows that this is not always the case.
According to the Register, last year over 100,000 home improvement projects being managed by builders left homeowners with illegal and dangerous gas work. One in seven of these installations were declared ‘immediately dangerous’ and needed to be disconnected straight away to avoid explosion, fire, gas leak or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Home owners, tenants or landlords should always ask to see the gas engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card – an example of the card can be viewed on the County Council’s website at: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/consumer or on the Gas Safe Register website.
All gas appliances should be regularly serviced and in rented accommodation the landlord must arrange annual gas safety inspections of all appliances and provide the tenant with a record of the check.
Carbon monoxide gas is lethal. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning – anyone who has a concern about a gas appliance should have it checked immediately by a qualified and registered person.
Information on gas installation and a wide range of other consumer topics is available on the Trading Standards webpages at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/consumer