Unsafe gas work and little maintained gas appliances are a serious risk to you and those that may live with you. Ideally, if you rent or have a mortgage, a gas safety check should happen every 12 months without fail.
Get your appliances checked
Every gas appliance in the home should be checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer. A boiler cover with annual boiler service should provide the service. Even if the boiler is serviced, it is also worth getting the gas cooker checked too and the gas fireplace in the living room too. If a gas appliance begins to malfunction there are serious risks to your health and even your life. It’s important to have all your gas appliances checked and what checks an engineer will carry out.
Having a new appliance fitted?
A new gas appliance fitted has to be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Key paperwork will be handed over at the end too, as well as other aspects of a new installation. Read more about getting a new gas appliance fitted.
If you are a landlord all gas appliances and flues require an annual gas safety check for the tenant’s property with a Gas Safe registered engineer. Once assessed, you will be presented with a Landlord Gas Safety Record or Gas Safety certificate with all the relevant details. It is sometimes known as a CP12 certificate.
A gas safety check can be arranged any time from 10-12 months after the last check, but this does not change the original check expiry date. If it has been less than ten months or more than twelve months after the last check, there will be a new deadline date – twelve months from the most recent check.
In other ownership situations, like renting, items that belong to tenants are not the landlord’s responsibility – although it is still necessary to ensure the safety of any connection unless they are running entirely off the tenant’s own power sources. In any case, refer to the tenant’s contract.
Gas safety when buying a new home
It is surely a major oversight that normal home surveys will not mention if gas appliances and pipework are safe. Ensure that soon after you move a Gas Safe registered engineer checks all gas appliances. Here is a list of things to look out for to keep gas safe when moving home.
Understanding warning labels
If an engineer identifies a gas-related danger, they will place a Danger Do Not Use warning label to the hazardous fitting and then issue a warning notice. Don’t panic if this happens. Read more about understanding warning labels and what steps to take.
The risks of unsafe gas appliances
An unsafe gas appliance can put your life at risk. Carbon monoxide poisoning, fires, gas leaks and explosions are some of the biggest dangers. Know the risks an unsafe gas appliance poses.
Gas Safety 365
Gas safety is important for the wellbeing of everybody. A list of the top eight gas safety tips to maintain safety all year will make it easy, which you can find here.