Gas safety is not something to be sniffed at and as a landlord, you really need to be clued up to ensure you don’t fall foul of government regulations and the law. But a CP12 gas safety certificate isn’t just necessary to comply with government guidance, it is also an essential factor in keeping your tenants safe and secure.
Do I need a CP12 gas safety certificate?
The short answer is yes. All landlords require a valid gas safety certificate for every rented property they own as set out in the relevant laws within the UK. But the question is, how many of you actually know what one is and how you can reach the required safety standards while staying on the right side of the law?
Is a CP12 certificate the same thing as a Gas Safety certificate? I’ve heard both used.
It can be confusing in the UK to know if you have the right certification as gas installation certificates tend to go by a variety of different names. You may hear some experts refer to them as a CP12, while others call it a Landlord Gas Safety certificate or just a Gas Certificate. At the end of the day, all these things refer to the same document.
The CP12 terminology comes from an abbreviation of the longer name CORGI Proforma 12. This is a throwback to when CORGI (Council for Registered Gas Installers) was the official regulatory body for gas safety in the UK. Today the Gas Safe Register has replaced CORGI, but some people still refer to it in the same way.
What exactly is a gas safety certificate?
A CP12 gas safety certificate is issued to a landlord to prove that the gas installations in their property have met all the legal obligations with respect to safety and installation. Failing to have a valid CP12 certificate for any of your rented properties can result in a large fine and up to 6 months in prison. Gas safety certificates are issued by registered gas engineers and have to be renewed on a yearly basis.
What is checked to ensure compliance with a CP12?
Gas safety checks need to be carried out on any ovens, boilers, flues, pipework, chimneys or other gas appliances in your leased property. During the check, the gas engineer will look to see if:
- Gas is at the correct pressure within the appliance.
- Gas is burning within the appliance correctly.
- The appliance has adequate air supply.
- Chimneys and flues are clear so fumes can be discharged safely.
- Safety features on devices and appliances are working correctly.
Once the gas engineer is happy that your gas appliances are working correctly, they will issue you with a CP12 gas safety certificate for your property. If you have more than one property, you will need to ensure that each one is checked and has its own certificate.
An easier way to get a CP12 certificate
At Prominence Support our Home Emergency Insurance not only gives you unrivalled cover but also includes regular checks by qualified engineers to ensure your CP12 certificate is always up to date. We understand how difficult it can be to find the time to get everything done in the modern world, so our policies are here to help.
Why You Need an Annual Gas Fire Service
Gas fires need an annual inspection to keep them in full working order and to make sure they are safe to use. Gas, while useful to have in our homes, is a volatile element that needs to be treated with care to prevent issues that can damage both our properties and the people who live in them.
Many people talk about how gas burns clean (which it does) but that doesn’t mean that over time deposits won’t build-up that can cause damage to your gas fire and prevent it from working safely. Then there’s accidental damage and wear and tear to consider that can also reduce the safety of your gas appliances and fittings.
So, how do you make sure your property is kept safe while keeping your gas fire running in tip-top condition? With a gas fire service of course.
What is a gas fire service?
A gas fire safety check is an annual service that should be performed by a registered Gas Safe engineer. The engineer will test your fire to make sure it is both safe and operating correctly.
A gas fire safety check will make sure your fire:
- Is correctly adjusted so that it burns gas correctly
- Is correct and suitable for its location
- Is securely fitted, stable, and connected correctly to the gas pipework in the property
- Has an adequate air supply
- Has functional safety devices fitted that are working correctly
- Has the correct flue, chimneys and air vents and that they are operating correctly
What are the risks of unsafe gas appliances?
There are three main risks that can arise from having an unsafe gas fire in your home:
- Gas leaks: Gas is volatile and if it leaks into your property it can build up and explode or cause fire. Gas is naturally odourless but has a “smell” added before it is delivered to your home for your safety. If you smell this, you should call your gas supplier immediately. During a gas safety check, an engineer will visually inspect the appliance and any pipework to ensure there are no leaks.
- Fires and explosions: Okay, this one is obvious. Gas is extremely flammable and can explode if it leaks out and builds up. A gas safety service will check all pipe joints and the fire itself for leakage.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning: Not many people know that carbon monoxide is present in the gas supply they receive in their home but carbon monoxide (CO) is highly poisonous to humans and can be deadly. A gas safety check will test for the presence of carbon monoxide and will check the functionality of any carbon monoxide detectors within your home.
An easier way to make sure you get an annual gas safety check
At Prominence Support, we understand how life can get in the way of important things like making sure your annual gas safety check is completed on time. That’s why we offer a comprehensive and cost-effective Home Emergency Insurance policy that includes an annual gas safety check, so you have peace of mind.
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- HE 500
- HE 1000
- Washing Machine
- Tumble Dryer
- Dish Washer
- Kitchen Top Oven
- Washer Dryer
- Electric Hobs
- Toaster Oven
- Cooker Oven
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Pressure Cooker
- Dryer (Cloth)
- DVD/Audio player
- Electric Cooker
- Dual Fuel Cooker
- Chest Freezer
- Halogen Oven
- Steam Oven
- Extractor Fan
- Gas Hob
- Double Oven
- Cooker Hood
- Coffee Machine