Mak­ing safety a pri­or­ity

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUCKS PROPERTY -

SAFETY is a very high pri­or­ity for us through­out the year but es­pe­cially so dur­ing the re­cent Gas Safety Week.

All land­lords should know the im­por­tance of gas safety; they need to com­ply with the law and keep their ten­ants safe by re­duc­ing risk in their rental prop­er­ties. This is im­por­tant for home own­ers too – when did you last have your gas ap­pli­ances ser­viced or checked?

Un­safe and/or poorly main­tained gas ap­pli­ances can lead to car­bon monox­ide (CO) poi­son­ing, gas leaks, fires and ex­plo­sions.To keep safe, fol­low these top tips:

have your gas ap­pli­ances ser­viced reg­u­larly and checked an­nu­ally for safety

make sure your gas en­gi­neer is Gas Safe reg­is­tered (gas­safer­eg­is­ter.co.uk/08004085500)

check your en­gi­neer’s Gas Safe ID card, the re­verse tells you what he is qual­i­fied to work on

in­stall car­bon monox­ide (CO) mon­i­tors, 40 to 50 deaths each year are caused by CO poi­son­ing alone!

look out for lazy yel­low flames in­stead of crisp blue ones, marks or stains on or around the ap­pli­ance or too much con­den­sa­tion in the room

know the six signs of CO poi­son­ing – headaches, dizzi­ness, breath­less­ness, nau­sea, col­lapse and loss of con­scious­ness.

The prop­erty ex­pert... Claire Pin­cott of Sav­ills

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