According to a recent article in Good Housekeeping magazine, 1 in 5 households have unsafe gas appliances. Don’t get caught out…
According to Gas Safe Register inspection figures, a worrying one in five homes have unsafe gas appliances. A survey by the company highlighted concerns for vulnerable people, revealing 92% of respondents who care for or check in on an elderly or disabled loved one can’t identify at least one crucial sign that a gas appliance is unsafe.
It’s important to keep gas hobs, boilers and chimneys in good working condition as it means they will work more efficiently – and it will also help prevent the risk of deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
Here are things you can do to look after your gas appliances…
Install a CO alarm
Smoke alarms are now fitting in every home as standard.
However, installing alarms that detect carbon monoxide (CO) can save lives, too. These alarms work by sounding an alarm if CO is detected in your home.
The Gas Safe Register recommends using this type of alarm instead of spot detector warning strips, as these are silent, meaning they can be too easily missed and won’t alert you to a carbon monoxide leak if you’re asleep.
See CAVIUS for more information on buying your CO Alarm.
Look out for warning signs
Whilst CO alarms will alert you to carbon monoxide in your home, it’s a good idea to check your appliances are functioning correctly; you should be able to see warning signs if they’re not. These include:
• Yellow, lazy flames on your gas hob, not regular blue ones.
• Dark staining on or around appliances.
• Increased condensation inside windows.
• Pilot lights that frequently blow out
If you think you have a gas leak, open all the windows in your home, extinguish any flames and call the Gas Emergency Helpline on 0800 111 999.
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