Gas Appliance Safety Tips For Homeowners

For gas appliances in the household it's important you know what you're doing with regards to health & safety. Here are some top safety tips for homeowners!

If you’ve opted for a gas fire to complete your Cannock homehome, no doubt you’re looking forward to winter so you can get it going and spend cosy nights in with the family, cuddled up in front of the TV watching your favourite shows.

But you’ve also got to make sure that you know what you’re doing with regards to health and safety where all your gas appliances are concerned or you could find you’re putting your family at risk.

Regular servicing is advisable so you can keep on top of any potential problems and have them sorted out before something terrible happens. If you smell gas, open all the doors and windows, turn off your gas supply and call the Gas Emergency Service immediately.

If you have a gas boiler at home, make sure that the pilot light is alight all the time. If it’s gone out and you find you can’t relight it yourself, call out a Gas Safe registered engineer. You should also make sure you have all your appliances safety checked every year – remembering that only Gas safe registered engineers are legally allowed to work on these appliances.

Another issue you have to bear in mind when dealing with gas in the home is that heaters that burn gas, coal or wood can give off carbon monoxide fumes if they’re not working correctly. So for peace of mind, consider installing carbon monoxide detectors that flash and sound an audible alarm if the gas is detected.

Unfortunately, carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer because you can’t smell, taste or see it. Familiarising yourself with the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning is a good idea so you can be on your guard. Symptoms are similar to the flu or a cold, including dizziness, headaches, breathlessness and nausea.

But it’s not just carbon monoxide that you need to be careful of and you should also never forget the risk of fire that certain appliances at home can present. Make sure you have a smoke alarm installed on every floor of your home and test them each month, keeping them free from dust. Change the battery at least once a year, although these days you can also get
lifelong alarms that last up to ten years without needing to replace the battery.

Plan out a fire escape route and ensure that all corridors, exists and stairs are free from clutter. Get in touch with your local fire and rescue service to see if they offer a home fire risk check, coming round to help you install smoke alarms, assess various hazards and plan out escape routes.

If you’ve gone for an open fire instead of a gas one, always use a fireguard and have your chimney swept out once a year at least. Never dry clothes near your fire or electric heater, as these can easily go up in flames.


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