Gas Safety for landlords and homeowners is important all year round, but it is not always a household’s top priority. Gas Safety Week – coordinated by Gas Safe Register and supported by CP12 Energy – provides a platform for the gas industry to focus all our communications about gas safety in one week, generating interest in the media and having a greater impact among the public.
In support of National Gas Safety Week (16-22 September 2019), Gas Safe registered CP12 Energy in Newcastle, are creating daily informational articles, to inform landlords and the public of gas safety issues and to remind everyone of the importance of having an annual gas safety check by a Gas Safe registered engineer so join them on social media @CP12Energy
Here’s our 6 tips for staying Gas Safe – It could save your life!
Many of us don’t even think about Gas Safety in our homes and don’t take the necessary steps to prevent disaster in our homes.
I hope this guide has opened your eyes to some things you can do to be more Gas Safe. It all comes down to regular servicing by professionals and identifying a problem.
For more information on Gas Safety jump on to https://cp12energy.co.uk/gas-safety-week-2019/ between 16 – 22 September
When a registered gas engineer has completed a gas safety check in your home, they will record all of the checks they have carried out on a form. This is the Gas Safety Record, and it will list all of the appliances and fittings they have checked in the property.
When renting a property from a private landlord, the council, a housing association, student accommodation or any other landlord, they should provide you with a copy of the record within 28 days of the check being completed. If you are a new tenant, you should expect to be given a copy of the latest record upon moving into the residency. Find out more information on Gas Safety Records.
If you do not receive a Gas Safety Record from your landlord for your current property, you need to ask your landlord for this document. If they fail to do so, you need to report them to the HSE, because failing to follow gas safety requirements is a criminal offence and the HSE has the power to issue a formal caution and may prosecute your landlord.
As a student you are like any other tenant in that your landlord needs to ensure that any gas appliances in the property are safe for you to use. It’s unlikely gas safety is at the top of your priorities, but know your rights and the warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – it may just save your life one day.
The six symptoms of carbon monoxide (headache, muscle weakness, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision, and loss of consciousness) can be mistaken for a hangover. To avoid this request for an audible carbon monoxide alarm with your landlord or you can buy a battery operated one at a DIY store. Usually the same cost of a good night out.
If you have any gas safety questions feel free to get in touch with us here.