A number of households rely on gas appliances for providing hot water, heating their homes and cooking their food. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that your appliances are working safely and are in good condition. How can that be done? You can follow the tips outlined before to ensure gas safety at home:
- Hire a Gas Safe registered engineer to get all your gas appliances checked annually. Ask the engineer to perform a tightness test of the pipes to see if there are any gas leaks. They also need to do a visual inspection to ensure the pipework is in good condition.
- Finding a Gas Safe registered engineer is quite easy now as you just need to do an online search specific to your location.
- When the Gas Safe registered engineer shows up, you need to check their ID card both from the front and back. The front confirms their identity and the back confirms if they are authorized to do the gas work you require.
- Learn about the various symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning such as breathlessness, dizziness, collapsing, headaches, loss of consciousness and nausea.
- Be on the lookout for warning signs that a gas appliance is malfunctioning. Black stains or marks, excessive condensation and lazy yellow flames are all warning signs. However, sometimes the appliances may not give any signs so it is best to get them checked every year.
- You can purchase an audible carbon monoxide alarm near the gas appliance, which will alert you of a leak.