Gas Safety – is your maintenance up-to-date?
September 18 2017
The 18-24 September 2017 marks Gas Safety Week in the UK, which acts to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances. In recognition of this, Kershaw Mechanical Services looks at the importance of regular gas maintenance and provides top tips to ensure you and your organisation are compliant.
Top tips for Gas safety
- Ensure that your gas pipework, appliances and flues are regularly maintained and you have a maintenance schedule in place.
- Make sure everyone who operates the equipment is fully trained.
- Regularly check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly. Look out for lazy yellow flames, rather than crisp blue ones. Black marks or stains on or around the appliance can be a sign of fault as can too much condensation in the room.
- Check all rooms have adequate ventilation and ensure air inlets are not blocked.
- Be aware of the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning such as dizziness, headaches, nausea, breathlessness and loss of consciousness. Invest in a carbon monoxide alarm to alert you if there is carbon monoxide present.
- Have your appliance regularly serviced and safety checked by a competent Gas Safe registered engineer.
- Check your engineer’s credentials - ask to see their Gas Safe Register ID card. The reverse of the card will list all qualifications and expiry dates.
- If you suspect a leak – turn your supply off immediately and call the National Gas Emergency Service and do not turn your gas supply back-on until it been dealt with by a competent person.
It goes without saying that a badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliance can pose a significant risk - they can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Therefore regular maintenance is not only vital, it is a legal requirement. At Kershaw Mechanical we have a specialist department set up to provide this vital service for our clients including commercial, domestic, catering and LPG appliances. We can offer advice and guidance as to what needs to be done and when.
For more information on Gas Safety Week visit the Gas Safe Register website