North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partner, ENGIE, are supporting Gas Safe Register’s annual Gas Safety Week, from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 September.
The Council and ENGIE are taking the opportunity to encourage residents to remain gas safe and ensure appliances are properly maintained.
Without proper care and maintenance, you may be at risk of gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Gas Safety Week aims to raise awareness of gas safety at home and highlight the dangers of poorly maintained appliances.
Councillor Callum Procter, portfolio holder for housing at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “As we approach winter and before the temperatures drop and we start to use gas appliances more, now is the perfect time to get appliances checked and ensure they are safe for the months ahead.
“Poorly maintained gas appliances can be a killer and regular servicing and maintenance could be the difference between life and death.
“If you are struggling and need support, our Home Energy Team are on hand to offer advice and support, plus funding towards energy efficiency improvements subject to eligibility. If you do need help, I would urge you to contact the team.”
To keep you and your family safe, follow Gas Safe Register’s top tips:
- Know the symptoms of CO poisoning; headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
- If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.
- Never attempt to work on a gas appliance yourself, always seek the help of a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer who can work on your gas cooker, boiler or fire in a safe way.
- Don’t cut corners – only employ a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home.
- Always ask to see your engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. Make sure you check the back of the card, which will state which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.
Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers. You can find a registered engineer in your area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website at GasSafeRegister.co.uk.
For further information about gas safety and funding towards energy efficiency improvements in North East Lincolnshire visit www.L4WH.co.uk or call (01472) 32 6296 Option 5.