Gas Safety Week 2016
Local Rutherglen plumbing and heating company, Barclay Erskine, has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (19-25 September 2016) and will be actively promoting the need to be Gas Safe aware through a series of in-store campaigns and are pledging £15 to the Carbon Monoxide Awareness Charity for all those who book a boiler service with the company next week.
Established since 2010, Gas Safety Week has been a very successful campaign to raise awareness of gas safety and urge the public to support the most vulnerable in society to help keep them safe from dangerous gas appliances.
Scotland ranks among the highest areas in the UK for unsafe gas appliances with one in five homes inspected by Gas Safe Register having unsafe appliances. In the last year alone, 343 people were injured and ten people died as a result of gas related incidents.
Kenneth Thom, Director of Barclay Erskine, said:
“Dangerous gas work can kill, so it is vital that gas appliances are safety checked at least once a year. If left unchecked, poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.
Accidents caused by unsafe gas work are preventable. By taking proper care of gas appliances, people are also taking care of their family and their homes and we really want to encourage people to follow simple checks which could save lives.”
The sixth annual Gas Safety Week will see organisations from across the UK work together, to encourage all gas consumers to arrange an annual gas safety check. There will be a particular focus on encouraging the public to reach out to their friends and family, be they elderly parents or a disabled neighbour, to ensure they are Gas Safe. Poorly maintained gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. In the last year, at least 55,200 homes in the UK escaped deadly gas incidents such as these, thanks to engineers switching off dangerous appliances1.
With 22 deaths and nearly 1,000 gas-related injuries in the last three years3, it’s vital that people make sure their gas appliances are safety checked every year, by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Anyone working on gas appliances while not being Gas Safe registered is working illegally.
Jonathan Samuel, managing director for Gas Safe Register, said: “It’s great to have the support of Barclay Erskine this Gas Safety Week. By working together we can reach more people and help to reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances that could be lurking in the homes of the UK’s 23 million gas consumers. We know from our own investigations that around one in six gas appliances in the UK are unsafe4, meaning far too many people are victims of preventable gas related incidents.”
Reach out to those who need help keeping gas safe at home by following these top tips:
- Help them to sign up to a free annual gas safety check reminder service at staygassafe.co.uk. You could even sign up on their behalf, so the reminder is sent to you each year
- Make them aware of the signs that an unsafe gas appliance may cause:
- A lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame; soot or staining on or around the appliance; excess condensation in the room
- Carbon monoxide (CO) has no smell, taste or colour. The symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness, which can easily be mistaken for something else
- Make sure they know to ‘Trust the Triangle’ by asking to see their engineer’s Gas Safe ID card and checking it to make sure the engineer is covered to check or fit the appliance in question.
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Notes to editors
1 Gas Safe Register surveyed 1,199 registered engineers between July 2015 and June 2016. Amongst surveyed gas engineers, 46% per cent said they had switched off a deadly appliance in the last year. There are 120,000 registered engineers, so 46% per cent equates to at least 55,200 homes avoiding a deadly gas incident.
3 22 people died from gas related incidents in the UK in the last three years and 949 non-fatalities were reported (Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/tables/ridgas1.xls statistics 2012-15 (provisional))
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