North East Lincolnshire Council

Don’t get caught out with your gas appliances

North East Lincolnshire Council, working in partnership with ENGIE, is urging residents to check all gas appliances every year by a Gas Safe approved engineer.

The call comes following funding from Foundations Independent Living trust to raise awareness and highlight the importance of Gas Safety across North East Lincolnshire.

Latest research nationally reveals that almost five million people are putting themselves at risk of employing an illegal gas worker by failing to check their engineer’s Gas Safe ID card.

65 per cent of illegal gas work inspected by Gas Safe across the country was found to be unsafe, with one in five appliances so dangerous that they had to be disconnected immediately.

Councillor David Watson, portfolio holder for environment, said: “Unsafe gas appliances can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and even explosions.

“If you live in rented accommodation, your landlord must have all gas appliances regularly maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer and issue you with a copy of the gas safety record following the annual safety check.

“Residents can take steps to protect themselves by installing an audible carbon monoxide alarm. If it is battery operated, test the batteries regularly to ensure it is still working.

“If you own a property and are in receipt of certain benefits you may qualify for a one-off, free gas safety check. For more information, contact our Home Energy team to see if you qualify.”

Gas safety funding is available for qualifying residents who are eligible for the following essential minor work:

  • Gas safety checks
  • Gas servicing
  • Gas boiler repairs
  • Gas boiler combustion analysis
  • Gas cookers
  • Fires
  • Gas pipework
  • Gas meters
  • Water heaters

For information on the Home Energy schemes available including Gas Safety funding available and for the latest round of the Big Community Switch, a scheme to save you money on your energy bills, contact the Home Energy team on (01472) 326296 option 5.

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