Many householders don’t think about regular maintenance and as a result put themselves and their families at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. As a minimum you should have a gas safety check which will check the following:
- That the gas appliance is at the correct operating pressure, burning correctly and on the right setting
- That dangerous gases are being removed to the air outside thee home
- That essential ventilation is clear and working effectively
- That every safety device is working
If you live in rented accommodation then it is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure this happens every year. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with landlords’ duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe.
If you are on means tested benefits then a gas safety check may be available for free from your gas supplier if you:
- Are of pensionable age, disabled or chronically sick and either live alone or with others who are all of pensionable age, disabled, chronically sick or under 18
- Are living with others where at least one is under 5 years old
- Have not had a gas safety check carried out at the premises in the last 12 months
A gas safety check is a test of the safety of the appliance. Appliances should also be regularly serviced to ensure that they perform at optimum efficiency.
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