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Gas Safety Week:  
Fighting for a Gas Safe Nation 
 
We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety week 2021, taking place from 13th - 19th September.  
 
Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances.  
 
It is coordinated by the Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas. 
 
Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is a highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly and without warning, as you cannot see it, taste it or smell it. 
 
By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved one's.  
 
Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe: 
 
Check your gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants – make sure your landlord arranges this. 
 
Look out for friends and relatives. Help your loved one's by ensuring that they have their appliances checked and serviced regularly. 
 
Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find or check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500. 
 
Check your engineer is qualified for the type of gas work you need doing e.g. natural gas, domestic boiler. You can find this information on the back of their Gas Safe ID card and on the Gas Safe Register website. 
 
Check for warning signs that could indicate your (or others) appliances are not working correctly. Signs may include lazy yellow /orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance, a pilot light that keeps going out and too much condensation in the room. 
 
Know the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. 
 
Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm and make sure your friends and relatives have one too. Check they are marked EN50291 and display the British Standards’ Kite mark. 
 
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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Up to 12 year manufacturers guarantees on Worcester Bosch boiler installations. 
 
As Worcester Bosch accredited installers we are also able to offer boiler finance. There are various finance options available including 0% APR over 2 years. Please see our finance page for more information. 
 
Contact us to arrange a free no obligation quotation. 
 
Winter is on it's way!  
 
Get your gas appliances serviced and carry out any repairs before the winter sets in.  
 
If your boiler needs replacing arrange a free quotation. 
 
Regular servicing helps to keep boilers working throughout the winter months. 
 
A heating system that is in good working order will heat your home more efficiently, whilst many people are working from home this is a priority. 
 
As winter sets in: 
 
Bleed your radiators if you notice cold spots at the top of them. If they are cold in the middle or at the bottom there could be sludge in the system and it may need power flushing 
Shut out the cold with draught excluders, seal joins around windows, use letter box brushes  
Use warm furnishings such as carpets, rugs, heavy curtains and try to avoid putting furniture in front of radiators 
Use a smart thermostat to manage your energy usage 
 
6 Top Boiler 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. By law gas engineers must be registered with Gas Safe. Different engineers are qualified to carry out different types of gas work. Ask to see your engineers ID card on arrival. 
 
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 an audible carbon monoxide alarm 
You cannot see it, taste it or smell it- therefore without an alarm you could be putting yourself or family at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. 
 
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. 
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! 
 
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 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. 
Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms: headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness
Get to know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. 
 
If you think you smell gas or suspect carbon monoxide poisoning take action and call 0800 111 999 immediately. 
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 licence 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 licence number to 85080 - your provider may charge a standard network charge to use this service. 
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