What is the Gas Safe Register?
From the 1st of April 2009, the Gas Safe Register was set up as the new standard of safety in Great Britain and the Isle of Man. It replaced the Corgi scheme which is currently operational and still recognised as an official gas safety body in Northern Ireland, Jersey and Guernsey.
By law only Gas Safety Registered engineers can carry out work on gas instillations and appliances in domestic properties. To check if the engineer you are using is registered and legitimate, they will carry an id card with a photograph and license number on it. This can be validated by phone or via the website if you have any concerns. The Gas Safe contact number is 0800 408 5500 or website www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk.
How often do I need gas checks or inspections?
There are 20 million homes that use gas in Great Britain for heating, cooking and hot water. Often it is not until problems occur with appliances or heating systems that anything is done. These should all be checked annually to see if the correct safety standards and efficiency obligations are being met. It may be worth considering obtaining a Service Plan on your boiler and heating system for a nominal fee. Your energy supplier should be able to provide this type of cover.
Landlords have a legal obligation to make sure all gas appliances and fittings are checked on a yearly basis. If you are moving into a rented dwelling, the landlord should have available a valid Gas Safety Certificate. If you have any doubts ask to check all relevant reports and certification. Carbon monoxide alarms are always a good option to safeguard you and your families wellbeing.
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