Date Published 20 September 2018
Landlords are being reminded this week that they are responsible for the safety of their tenants, as part of Gas Safety Week that takes place annually from 17 - 23 September.
The event aims to raise awareness of gas safety and reminds us to have our gas appliances checked annually by a qualified gas safety registered engineer.
Organisations will be working closely with The Gas Safety Register to raise awareness and to stress the importance of gas appliances being checked.
Here are some tips from the Gas Safe Register to keep your tenants safe and warm in your property.
+ Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances.
+ Check both sides of your engineer's Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.
+ Have all your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year. Make sure are able to provide your tenants with a copy of the current Gas Safety Record, upon request.
+ Make sure your tenants know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Unsafe gas appliances can put your tenants at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions.
+ Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
+ Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert your tenants if there is carbon monoxide in your property.