Staying safe at home
Only use competent and registered installers
Every year thousands of non-registered, bogus gas fitters carry out gas work for homeowners doing sub-standard work that puts lives at risks.
For any work involving gas appliances ONLY use Gas Safe Registered engineers – look for the Gas Safe Register logo and always ask to see the engineer’s official Gas Safe Register photo ID card.
For oil fired appliances only use an OFTEC registered installer. The easy way to find competent, registered installers is to use the search facility (‘Find a Trusted Heating Engineer’) on this website.
Old appliances can be defective and dangerous
Around 50 people in the UK die every year, with hundreds more made seriously ill, due to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Around two thirds of reported cases are attributed to central heating appliances and half of these were classed as “older” boilers.
Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and failure to properly maintain gas appliances can put a family at serious risk. It’s essential that gas and other fuel burning appliances are maintained in good condition and subjected to annual maintenance and safety checks by a qualified, registered engineer.
Fitting a European Standard certified audible carbon monoxide alarm is a vital second line of defence after having your appliances safety checked.
Why your boiler should be regularly serviced
Having your boiler checked and your heating system inspected will not only save money and energy it could avoid a terrible tragedy: each year a lack of routine appliance maintenance leads to dozens of preventable carbon monoxide poisoning deaths. If your boiler is more than three years old or has been infrequently serviced you really should contact a competent, registered engineer to have your heating system inspected.