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1st Gas Engineers Ltd is helping you stay Gas Safe this Winter 
 
Unsafe gas appliances could be putting your life in danger. In order to stay fully gas safe in your property, you’ll need to be mindful of these potentially dangerous consequences of having poorly maintained or faulty gas appliances. 
 
Gas leaks 
 
Gas leaks can occur from faulty appliances and pipework. Whilst gas is not poisonous like carbon monoxide (CO), leaks can lead to fires or explosions. A distinctive odorant is added to the gas to make it detectable – you can usually smell this briefly any time you turn a gas hob on. If you think you can smell gas, take action and call 0800 111 999 immediately. 
 
If you have any signs of damage or corrosion (rust, green discolouration) on your gas pipework or you suspect a gas leak, make sure you contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to check it out – it could cause a leak if left unchecked. Any such check should involve a tightness test to ensure there are no gas leaks and a visual inspection of the installation to check that it is in good condition. 
 
Fires and explosions 
 
By its very nature gas is highly combustible. Safe appliances burn gas in a controlled manner to help us heat our homes and cook our food. Should gas leak from a faulty appliance or pipework, it can spread quickly and there is a risk of it accidentally igniting causing a fire or explosion, with potentially devastating results. 
 
Carbon monoxide poisoning 
 
Carbon monoxide poisoning is another potentially deadly consequence of having poorly maintained or unsafe gas appliances in your home. 
 
If you think you smell gas or suspect carbon monoxide poisoning take action and call 0800 111 999 immediately.  
 
Remember – one of the best ways to stay safe is to ensure that your gas appliances are serviced regularly and checked once a year. 
 
 
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Never DIY With Gas 
 
Mistakes are expensive and could cost you your life. 
 
According to Gas Safe a shocking 1 in 3 people would consider doing gas work themselves to save money! If appliances are badly fitted they could cause explosions, fires, gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning. It is important to use a Gas Safe Registered engineer at all times when it involves gas! 

 6 Top Tips 

1. Don't delay your boiler service 
Potential breakdowns can often be spotted during an annual gas safety check and could prevent your boiler from breaking down. Doing this annually will also ensure your family's safety. 
 
2. Use a Gas Safe registered business or engineer 
The Gas Safe Register is there to protect the public from unsafe gas work. It makes sure the engineer is qualified, check the engineers ID card on arrival. The back of the card should list the engineers areas of competence such as Gas Boiler, Gas Fire etc. 
 
3. Seek advice from a reputable source 
If you are unsure of anything request a visit from an engineer to show you how to top up pressure bleed radiators etc. 
 
4. Install a carbon monoxide alarm 
You cannot see it, taste it or smell it- therefore without an alarm you put yourself at risk of becoming a victim of 'the silent killer' 
 
5. Know the symptoms 
Headaches, nausea, sickness, dizziness, tiredness, confusion, stomach pain breathlessness and difficulty breathing are all signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. 
 
6. If you do have an unexpected breakdown 
Call us on 01604 670549 , as a local company we are often able to respond quicker in emergency situations. 

How to check a Gas Safe Registered Engineer's ID Card 

Check the front and back of their card, if they do not show you their card when they turn up do not be afraid to ask to see it. 
 
Check the front of the card for: 
The photo 
The start date and expiry date 
The license number 
The security hologram 
The engineer is from the business you employed 
 
Check the back of the card for: 
Whether the engineer is qualified to do the gas work you want done e.g. cooker, boiler 
The qualifications are up to date. 
 
You can also check with the Gas Safe Register by calling 0800 408 55 00, or you can check on-line or by texting Gas and then the engineer license number to 85080 - your provider may charge a standard network charge to use this service. 
 
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Unsafe gas appliances are putting peoples lives at risk 
 
By working together we can raise further awareness of gas safety, to help reduce the number of dangerous appliances that could be lurking in people's homes. 
 
Know the signs of unsafe gas appliances: 
 
Lazy yellow flame instead of crisp blue flame 
Soot or staining on or around appliance 
Excess condensation in the room 
 
Know the symptoms of CO poisoning, 
the 'Silent Killer' has no taste, smell or colour: 
 
Headaches 
Dizziness 
Nausea 
Breathlessness 
Collapse loss of consciousness, which can easily be mistaken for something else 
The benefits of taking care of your boiler 
 
Regular checks on your boiler can have a significant impact on the performance of the boiler. With warranties on many of the boilers, the importance of an annual service is now greatly increased. Not only does it give added assurance of safety and reliability but it also helps to reduce costs, as periodic part replacement takes place rather than the cost of break-downs. In addition to this it can also lower the homeowners energy bills. 
Never DIY With Gas 
 
Mistakes are expensive and could cost you your life. 
 
According to Gas Safe a shocking 1 in 3 people would consider doing gas work themselves to save money! If appliances are badly fitted they could cause explosions, fires, gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning. It is important to use a Gas Safe Registered engineer at all times when it involves gas! 
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