Make Gas safety your priority

Article date: 03/06/2014

Make Gas Safety Your Priority

An enormous number of properties in the UK rely on a mains gas supply for many important aspects of everyday life. It can be essential for cooking meals, keeping you warm and creating a source of warm water for showers and baths.

It is however vital that you maintain all appliances that use gas regularly to ensure they are in tip top condition.

Gas fed boilers, hobs and fires need to be serviced annually to ensure that they are operating in a way that does not compromise your health. Servicing your gas appliances doesn’t cost a lot and although there is never a good time to pay out for something unexpected, you won’t regret it if it prevents a bigger problem in the long run.

All you need to do is contact a qualified gas safe heating engineer. They will then have a look at all of your gas fed appliances and can advise if any alterations or work is needed. With a bit of luck your appliances will all be working fine!

A regular service will not only ensure you are getting an efficient performance (helping both your bank balance and the environment), but it also more importantly ensures the health of you and everyone under that roof.

Gas leaks are not very common, but when they occur you must take the appropriate action to deal with the problem quickly. 

If gas levels build up it can become a serious fire hazard and has been known to cause illness and in the worst cases death (odourless gas can restrict a person’s capacity to breath).

But what do you do if you small gas or suspect you have a leak? 

In the first instance it is essential that you remain calm and try to ventilate the area with some fresh air. This can help to reduce the impact that a build-up on natural gas can have. 

It is also advisable to turn off your main gas supply during any intervening period and vacate the premises until a qualified professional has assured you it is safe to return. 

Make sure you avoid using lighters or matches anywhere near the property and restrain yourself from turning on any other electrical device or appliances – if the gas has built up to high levels even the smallest spark could cause an explosion!

Once you have made the property it is always best to err on the side of caution and contact the National Gas Emergency helpline 0800 111 999. 

They will send someone round to your property to inspect the problem – this is free of charge.

It is never worth taking the risk – if in doubt give them a shout!

Prevention is always better than the cure, so by maintaining your central heating system and ovens with a regular service every 12 months you can hopefully avoid the more stressful (and dangerous) gas malfunctions further down the line.

Writer Biography: Tom Key works for Direct Heating Supplies, a leading UK supplier of boilers and radiators.

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