For many of us gas is integral to our daily lives; we rely on it for the most mundane but essential tasks, from heating our homes to cooking our food, it is this reliance that makes it imperative that we both feel and remain safe. If gas appliances are inexpertly installed and/or maintained the damage can be lethal, from gas leaks and fires to carbon monoxide poisoning and explosions, so be aware of the danger signals and take the right steps to maintain your security.
Spot the Signs
Be vigilant; if you spot any of the following signs it’s time to get safety checked:
• Increased room condensation • Black, sooty marks appearing around appliances • Weak yellow flames that should be blue • Frequently extinguishing pilot light
Don’t Be Too Trusting
It is illegal for anyone not on the Gas Safety Register to work on gas appliances in the UK, when an engineer comes to your home always ask to check their I.D taking extra care to check their photo and the expiry date.
Invest in Alarms
Carbon monoxide is an invisible killer; it is colourless, odourless and tasteless. It is formed when the combustion of fossil fuels is incomplete, so in the home it occurs when appliances like boilers don’t burn fuels properly, and the right quantity is lethal to humans. Many ‘alarm’ systems involve colour changing strips to alert you to heightened levels of the gas, but as you are most susceptible when you sleep these are often of little use in an emergency; an audible alarm is the safest option.
If you develop any of the following symptoms get to fresh air immediately and seek medical help:
• Collapsing/loss of consciousness
• Chest and stomach pains
Limit your risk: make sure there is plenty of air available to better ensure gas combusts completely and safely and that outside flumes and ventilation bricks are not blocked so poisonous gases can’t build up.
At Unitary Engineering Services all of our engineers are Gas Safe Registered and can carry out inspections on all appliances and fittings; we make your safety our number one concern, for more information or to arrange an inspection contact us online or call us now on 0117 955 8364, remember: be safe, not sorry.