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Illegal gas fitters putting lives at riskIllegal Gas Fitters Putting Lives At Risk

“More than a million households put at risk by illegal gas fitters – Around 1.1 million gas jobs are carried out every year by illegal fitters who aren’t properly qualified, putting householders at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions, a government body has warned.

A study [i] by Gas Safe Register, the nation’s only official gas registration scheme, found that illegal gas fitters installed over 186,000 gas cookers, 147,000 boilers, 75,000 gas fires, 32,000 gas meters and 645,000 gas pipework over one year.

To read the full article, please visit the Gas Safe Register News page.

Unsafe gas applianceTenants & Landlord’s Be Aware!

According to the Gas-Safe Register, unsafe gas appliances have been found in a fifth (21%) of privately-rented accommodation, leading Gas Safe Register to believe that more than 2.7million people could be living in dangerous housing.

Investigation data spanning five years by Gas Safe Register reveals that gas heaters are the most dangerous appliance in rented accommodation, accounting for the majority (59%) of all unsafe appliances.

Unsafe and Unaware

A fifth of renters (19%) are unaware their boiler should be safety checked annually, and half of this group (11%) don’t think their boiler has been inspected this year.

Despite landlords being responsible for ensuring that all gas appliances provided by them are safety checked every year by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer, more than a third (37%) are unaware of their duty of care. In fact, one in seven landlords (15%) think gas appliance safety is the responsibility of their local council.

Gas Safe Register found the following five regions to be most dangerous for harbouring unsafe gas appliances:

  1. West Midlands – 28%
  2. Wales – 19%
  3. East England – 19%
  4. Scotland – 18%
  5. North West – 17%

Shocking but not unsuprising that our region is the most unsafe…

To read the full article, please visit the Gas Safe Register News page.

Arrange a service

If your boiler or gas fire is overdue or indeed due for a service soon we recommend you arrange this as soon as possible. Boiler and gas fire servicing is a cost effective way to ensure you stay warm over the winter.

Arranging a service will help ensure your boiler or fire lasts the winter and could potentially lower your heating bills! As well as checking your boiler/fire is safe and working well, a service will clean up any deposits that have built up which reduce its efficiency and help you save on your heating bills.