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Gas Safety Week 2020: How to protect your home

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From boilers and ovens to BBQs and fireplaces, gas appliances are common features in our homes. But, with all the other responsibilities of life on our hands, getting these appliances serviced, repaired or replaced, often slips our minds. If an appliance develops a fault, there’s the risk of a gas leak, fire, or carbon monoxide poisoning – which is why it’s so important to have your annual gas safety check.

Find a vetted gas/heating engineer to complete the job on Rated People.

To mark the tenth annual Gas Safety Week (14th – 20th September 2020), some of our Gas Safe registered engineers have given us their thoughts on the most important things that homeowners should know to make sure their property is gas safe.

Mother helping her young son to cook on a gas hob

Gas safety advice for homeowners – from the professionals

RK Gas Safe logo

“You should get your Gas Safety certificate every year for gas fires, boilers and all other gas appliances. Sometimes they’re neglected for so long they become dangerous.”

Robin @ RK Gas Safe

K Marsh Plumbing & Heating Ltd logo

“Many homeowners don’t know that their boiler needs to be serviced every year for the manufacturer guarantee to stay valid.”

Keith @ K Marsh Plumbing & Heating Ltd

TS Gas & Electric Ltd logo

“Heating accounts for about 55% of what you spend in a year on energy bills, so an efficient boiler makes a big difference.”

Tim @ TS Gas & Electric Ltd

EcoHome Boilers Ltd logo

“If you need a gas repair to be done, you should get it fixed correctly and safely by a professional Gas Safe engineer. Never attempt or risk a cheaper alternative or cut any corners.”

Dee @ EcoHome Boilers Ltd

Fastfix Heating & Home Services Limited logo

“Having a carbon monoxide appliance alarm installed in your home is one of the most important ways to make it gas safe.”

Karina @ Fastfix Heating & Home Services Limited

Five simple steps to keeping your home safe and warm

1. Check your gas appliances every year

Register for an annual email or text reminder on StayGasSafe.co.uk. Then, you can connect with a vetted gas and heating engineer on Rated People to complete the job!

Female engineer checking a gas meter outside a home

If you’re renting, then your landlord is legally responsible for arranging your annual check.

2. Remind your friends and relatives

Some people might be unaware of the risk or could be unable to arrange their own gas safety check.

3. Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered and qualified for the type of gas work that you need doing

Find out if a Rated People tradesperson is Gas Safe by checking the ‘Trade Certifications’ section of their profile. Plus, they should have a valid Gas Safe ID card that you can ask to see when they arrive to do the job.

On the back of their ID card, you’ll be able to see which type of gas work the tradesperson is qualified to do.

4. Check for warning signs

According to the Gas Safe Register, the top four signs that your gas appliances aren’t working safely are:

Gas hob with crisp blue flame
Crisp blue flame on a gas hob burner
  • A lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue one.
  • Pilot lights regularly going out.
  • Black marks on or around appliances.
  • Increased condensation on windows.

If you’re renting, then your landlord must fix any unsafe gas appliances – it’s the law! So, let them know if you have concerns about any of the gas appliances in your home.

It’s also important that you know the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, so that you can seek medical help immediately, if needed. The symptoms are headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Read more about how to deal with gas leaks on our Homeowner Advice Centre.

5. Install a carbon monoxide alarm

Check that it’s marked with EN50291 and displays the British Standards’ Kitemark.

The best time to check your gas appliances

The 1st October is the most popular day that UK homeowners turn their boilers on after summer – so gas and heating engineers will no doubt be booked up to fix or check gas boilers! Beat the rush and get your gas boiler service now to make sure you’re ready for autumn and winter.

Is your boiler efficient and could you save money on your energy bills? If you’re getting a new boiler, you’ll need a Gas Safe engineer to install it. They can also help you figure out which gas boiler is best to buy, the most efficient and where to buy one.

Cartoon image of the Gas Safety Week mascots: Gas Safe Hero Doug, and the Safety Squad (Leon, Aisha, Bob and Olivia)

It’s also important to check that your vents or chimneys aren’t blocked to stop draughts coming in too, because gas appliances need ventilation to work safely.

Find a Gas Safe registered gas and heating engineer

Don’t be tempted to cut corners and do a DIY gas safety check – it could have serious health and safety consequences. Plus, it’s illegal for people that aren’t on the Gas Safe register to attempt to install or repair a gas appliance.

Gas Safe Register: Don’t DIY with gas video

Find out how one of our Rated People tradespeople, PGS Plumbing, make sure that they provide a quality gas service in our guide to hiring a Gas Safe engineer.


Booked your annual gas safety check? Find out what will happen during your service in our guide to gas safety checks and servicing.

If you’re still looking to hire a Gas Safe engineer to complete your annual check, we’ve got plenty available on Rated People – find a vetted gas and heating engineer near you.

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