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HOUSE­HOLD­ERS have been served a timely re­minder to en­sure that gas ap­pli­ances are ser­viced be­fore the win­ter sets in.

The Con­sumer Coun­cil this week urged every­one to be on their guard as part of Gas Safety Week .which runs un­til Sun­day.

Richard­williams, Head of En­ergy at the Con­sumer Coun­cil said: “Any­one who uses gas in their home, whether it is for their heat­ing or a gas appliance, needs to be aware of how to keep safe and we have is­sued some top tips to help con­sumers.”

Now in its sixth year Gas Safe­ty­week sees thou­sands of or­gan­i­sa­tions from across the UK work to­gether to raise aware­ness of the dan­gers of poorly main­tained gas ap­pli­ances which can cause gas leaks, fires, ex­plo­sions and car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing.

The event or­gan­ised by the Gas Safe Reg­is­ter recog­nises that gas safety it is not every house­hold’s top pri­or­ity.

It is hoped that by draw­ing at­ten­tion dur­ing this spe­cial aware­ness week that peo­ple will re­alise the im­por­tance of an an­nual ser­vice for their appliance.

The Coun­cil’s top tips for house­hold­ers with gas ap­pli­ances in­clude: • En­sure your ap­pli­ances are cor­rectly in­stalled and ser­viced an­nu­ally by a Gas Safe reg­is­tered en­gi­neer. • Check your en­gi­neer is Gas Safe reg­is­tered at www. Gas­safer­eg­is­ or call 0800 408 5500. • Buy a car­bon monox­ide de­tec­tor. These are usu­ally in­ex­pen­sive and easy to in­stall. • If you smell gas shut off the gas sup­ply at the emer­gency con­trol value, open all doors/win­dows to ven­ti­late the room and con­tact the NI Gas Emer­gency Ser­vice on 0800 002 001. • Sign up on be­half of older friends or rel­a­tives for an an­nual gas safety check re­minder at www. stay­gas­ For more in­for­ma­tion on Gas Safety Week visit: www.gas­safer­eg­is­ gas­safe­ty­week or for a copy of the Con­sumer Coun­cil ‘Switch On Elec­tric­ity and Gas’ guide got to www.con­sumer­coun­ or call 0800 121 6022.

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