GAS SAFETY WEEK 15th-21st SEPTEMBER 2014
It’s the biggest ever Gas Safety Week. This year 4,175 people pledged their support for the week, that’s over 1,400 more than ever before!
To mark the start of the week, new research released today has revealed at least 68,000 homes have escaped deadly gas incidents, such as explosions, fires and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, in the last year.
The research carried out among Gas Safe registered engineers revealed that over half of engineers (57 per cent) found a dangerous gas boiler, cooker or fire in a customer’s home in the last year that needed turning off immediately. Around half (45 per cent) of these dangerous appliances were attributed to the fact that people had failed to get their gas appliance regularly serviced and it had been left in a poor state.
More than 120,000 registered engineers all over the country are tirelessly working to keep the public safe and reduce the number of unsafe homes – many of which are caused by people failing to get their gas appliances safety checked annually by registered engineers. Read the full press release.
DID YOU KNOW?
Gas Safe Register has inspected 120,000 homes in the last four years – one in six had an unsafe gas appliance!
How safe is your area?
Last year, Gas Safe launched the first ever interactive gas map at StayGasSafe.co.uk. The map reveals how many unsafe gas appliances have been found lurking in an area and allows you to set a reminder so you don’t forget to get your appliances checked. This year Gas Safe have updated and improved the map, adding more data as well as improving the reminder sign-up tool, which now sends SMS reminders as well as emails. Visit the gas map at StayGasSafe.co.uk and set your free reminder to help keep yourself safe.
To mark Gas Safety Week Gas Safe will be visiting the nations gas safety hotspots. Throughout this week they’ll be visiting Sunderland, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Norwich, Bristol and Portsmouth along with registered gas engineers and local Fire and Rescue Services to remind people of the importance of getting regular safety checks on all gas appliances. Check out the Gas Safe events page for more information and if you’re in the area why not pop by!