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Fighting for a Gas Safe nation

Posted 18 September 2017   |   By Nicola Poulter

We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2017, taking place 18th – 24th September.

Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.

By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe.

Tip 1 - Check your Landlord’s Gas Safety Record
By law, your landlord must keep gas appliances supplied for you to use in good condition. They should arrange a gas safety check every 12 months and give you a record of the check.

Tip 2 - Check any gas appliances you own every year
Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at www.staygassafe.co.uk.

Tip 3 - Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered
You can find and check an engineer at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.

Tip 4 - Check the engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card
Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.

Tip 5 - Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly 
For example, lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.

Tip 6 - Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning
Headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.

Tip 7 - Have an audible carbon monoxide alarm
This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.


For gas safety advice or to find and check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at www.gassaferegister.co.uk Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.

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Hi Benni, I would advise that you discuss your housing situation with our Homechoice team who can be contacted on 0161 217 6016 or email homechoice@stockporthomes.org

Benni

I am on ESA due to mental and physical, long term health issues. I am unable to ever work. They award points for people who work, volunteer, or are in training. I cannot do any of those, so people who ARE able bodied get more points that I do.
I do get medical points but I still have nowhere near enough total points to ever get rehoused; I have been bidding for two years and at least thirty people are in front of me every week. I am probably never going to get rehoused. It is not as if Im being overly fussy about properties; I cannot go for stairs for example.

I even had a wonderful doctors letter saying that my current home is no longer suitable and also making me more ill, and I only got a measly 10 points. It is unfair that people who CANNOT work or volunteer get less points than those who CAN. I am a clean, quiet and decent middle aged woman, non smoker, no pets or children. I had landlords sing my praises in the past yet this counts for nothing. I also have the most excellent references, yet I am stuck with terrible neighbours and two flights of stairs that I can no longer manage; with no chance of ever getting out. I cannot afford private either as the shortfall in rent is out of my reach.

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