Gas safety and keeping your heating working

07 December 2016

Gas safety

Poor gas safety can kill.

Too often in properties where work has been carried out by an independent contractor or through DIY, we find poorly fitted appliances which could be a threat to your home and your life: it is important that before allowing anyone to work on your gas appliance(s) you check they are gas safe registered.

You can find an approved engineer in your area, or check if an engineer is registered, by visiting the gas safe website www.gassaferegister.co.uk

Heating your home

With winter here, it’s important that your heating works, so we’ve put together a few tips on how to keep your boiler working efficiently – summer and winter alike:

  1. Keep your gas service appointment
    Gas safety checks are important – they can, and do, save lives. They are also the best way to avoid boiler breakdowns and catch big problems early while they are still small.
  2. Run your heating regularly
    Months of disuse can create problems in gas appliances, which can lead to them breaking down when they are needed most.
    Prepare your central heating for the cold weather by running your heating for an hour a week, even during the summer.
  3. Let your boiler breathe
    Gas appliances need to have enough ventilation to allow them to burn correctly. So never cover your gas boiler or block the air vents. Make sure the outside flues aren't blocked either.

Should you need to report a gas heating or hot water break down;

  • and live in the West Midlands, call our gas contractor Status on 0800 043 3668
  • or live in the East Midlands or Lincolnshire, call Aaron Services on 0333 0110 363

Smell gas?

If you think you smell gas, have a gas leak or carbon monoxide fumes are escaping from a gas appliance, call the Gas Emergency helpline immediately on 0800 111 999.

Do not:

  • turn any electrical appliances on or off
  • use door bells
  • smoke, or use matches or a naked flame

Do:

  • open doors and windows
  • turn off any gas appliances
  • turn off the main gas supply