Hints & Tips

Tips for gas safety

Have all your gas appliances, including gas boiler, gas fire, cooker or hob, central heating system, radiators or hot water system, checked for safety every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix or check your gas appliances. Always check their Gas Safe ID card which carries  their unique identification number, and check the back of the card to make sure they are qualified to carry out the type of work you need. You can find out more from the free Gas Safe helpline on 0800 408 5500. 

Recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning - headaches dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.

Check for warning signs that your gas appliance is not working properly - a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue one, black marks or stains on or around your appliances, and too much condensation in the room.

Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm near your gas appliances. It will alert you to the presence of the poisonous gas carbon monoxide, which can be produced by unsafe gas appliances. Carbon monoxide can leak from appliances and kill. 

Only use gas appliances for their intended purpose and always ensure there is enough ventilation for your appliance to allow it to burn correctly, and make sure you are not blocking any vents that provide an air supply to the appliance.