3. Have all your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year.
Most of us know that it is a legal requirement for a landlord to service and maintain the gas appliances that belong to them in a rented property. It is not a legal requirement to service and maintain the appliances that you own in your own property. A large percentage of people never get their gas appliances serviced, if this is you, you’re putting yourself at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
You need to get your appliances at home serviced as required by the manufacturers, mainly annually. If you rent your home ask for a copy of the landlord’s current Gas Safety Record.
4. Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions. Many of these signs mimic the common cold, check if appliances are in use when you feel ill, and always contact a doctor if you think you may be suffering from CO poisoning.
5. Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance, and too much condensation in the room.
6. Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm.
It is a requirement to install a CO alarm in a rented property where there are solid fuel appliances installed such as coal fires or multi fuel stoves. In most situations it is not a legal requirement to install a CO alarm in a rented property where a gas appliance is installed. There are plans to make this a legal requirement hopefully before the end of the year. CO is not only produced by gas appliances, it is also produced by solid fuel burning appliances, cars, generators or other kinds of engines and can move from one property to another and is completely odourless. CO alarms are an inexpensive way of saving lives. I would advise you to install one if you have any gas appliances or not.
So, please get the message, make sure you get your gas appliances, including your cookers, serviced at least every 12 months. Quite simply, it could save your life.
Tony Walker, National Gas Compliance Manager