TEN TOP TIPS TO STAY SAFE
Ten top tips to help keep you safe and warm in your home
· Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances. You can find and check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500. Pineview only uses Gas Safe registered engineers.
· Check both sides of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card. Pineview only uses Gas Safe registered engineers.
· Have all your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year. If you rent your home ask for a copy of the landlord’s current Gas Safety Record. Pineview ensure that our gas appliances in tenants homes are checked annually.
· Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions. Pineview supply CO detectors in all our tenants’ homes – please test these regularly and let us know if any issues or concerns.
· Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room. Please report any concerns to us immediately – you can contact our gas contractor at any time directly on 0800 595 595.
· Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home. Pineview supply CO detectors in all our tenants’ homes – please test these regularly and let us know if any issues or concerns.
· Keep vents and chimneys clear. Make sure you don't block any vents, as they are vital to ensure gas appliances burn properly, and chimneys need to be cleaned and checked regularly. This also includes window vents as your home needs air.
· Use gas appliances only for their intended purpose. Don't be tempted to use them for something they weren't meant for (e.g. using a gas cooker to heat a room).
· Know the emergency procedure. If you smell gas or suspect immediate danger, make sure you familiarise yourself with the what to do in an emergency procedure and contact the relevant number for your UK region.
· Spread the word. Share vital gas safety information with friends, family and neighbours to make sure your community stays safe. Help us spread the word and keep everyone safe.
If you need to find a Gas Safe registered engineer in your local area, you can type your postcode or town name into the search bar on the Gas Safe Register homepage, or visit the Check The Register page where you can search for a registered business by location, their company name or reg number, or the engineer's licence card number.
For more information on Gas Safety Awareness Week please visit - Gas Safety Week