To ensure your gas appliances run smoothly and you don’t expose yourself to carbon monoxide poisoning, follow these five essential gas safety tips.
Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer
A Gas Safe registered engineer is someone who has been vetted to make sure they are competent and qualified to work safely with gas. To check your engineer is Gas Safe registered, check the Gas Safe register or alternatively ask to see their Gas Safe ID card.
Have your boiler and gas appliances serviced annually
All of the gas appliances within your home should be safety checked once a year. Whether you have a gas boiler, fire or cooker, each appliance will need to be serviced to ensure it’s in good working order and to check that the fuel is burning safely. While it is recommended that all appliances are serviced annually, more frequent servicing may be required, as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Ensure your appliances are fully ventilated
Helping to make sure that all gases are removed from your property, it’s important to ensure that each of your gas appliances is fully ventilated. This means leaving space at the back of appliances for air to circulate freely and making sure that flues and vents are kept clear at all times.
Check that the flame in your boiler is a strong, clear blue
If the flame within your boiler is burning with a lazy yellow or orange flame instead of a crisp blue flame, this is a sign that you’ll need to have your appliance serviced. If your pilot light isn’t a crisp blue, it could be that the gas isn’t burning cleanly and could signal a carbon monoxide leak.
Install a carbon monoxide alarm
In addition to a smoke alarm, every home should be fitted with an audible carbon monoxide alarm. Able to detect the presence of harmful carbon monoxide gases that are invisible to the eye and have no smell, a carbon monoxide alarm is crucial for protecting you and your family from the dangers of gas.