Making safety a priority
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