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What to do in a gas emergency? Gas safety check

The unfortunate truth of badly fitted, incorrectly serviced and poorly maintained boilers and gas appliances is that they pose a risk by potentially being unsafe.

Whether you’re a home owner, live in rented accommodation, or a landlord naturally you want to protect your property and investments; which can be safeguarded by knowing the correct course of action in case of an emergency.

According to Gas Safe, in a gas emergency it is important to act quickly and take the following steps:

  1. Get fresh air immediately. Open all doors and windows to ventilate the room
  2. Switch off the appliance and do not use it again until it has been checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer
  3. Turn off the gas supply at the mains
  4. Call the National Gas Emergency line on 0800 111 999
  5. If you are feeling ill visit your GP or the hospital immediately and tell them that your symptoms may be related to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  6. Contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to check and fix the appliance.
  7. Carbon monoxide poisoning is an uncommon but potentially fatal outcome of poor gas works and can be hard to detect without an all important carbon monoxide alarm (If you don’t have one of these in your home put it at the top of your to-do list).

There are six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:

If you believe you may be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning make sure you get outside into the fresh air. Open all doors and windows in your home and turn off any gas appliances. Make your way to your local doctor or hospital as soon as you can — they can do a simple blood/breath test to confirm or dismiss your symptoms as carbon monoxide poisoning.

A way to keep your central heating in safe working order is a simple annual service which should be performed by a Gas Safe registered engineer. All of Help-Link engineers are registered to be Gas Safe and can be at your property quickly. To book a service for your gas system please call 0800 91 54321 or contact us here.

Remember to call the National Gas Emergency line on 0800 111 999 if you’re ever in any doubt about the safety of your gas appliance.


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