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Yorkshire Housing will be marking the eighth annual Gas Safety Week to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

We will be using the week from 17 – 23 September to share gas safety tips and raise awareness to keep everyone safe.

Gas and mechanical service manager Lee Crooks said: “By law we have to arrange a gas safety check, by one of our qualified Gas Safe registered engineers in each of our homes, every 12 months. The check covers any gas fittings and appliances installed by Yorkshire Housing. It also includes a safety check and a six point risk assessment of any appliances owned by the customer.”

“It is vital to ensure that everyone takes care of the gas appliances, such as boilers and fires, in their home and practises good gas safety. Badly-fitted and poorly-serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can quickly kill with no warning.”

There are few simple checks to keep you safe:

Check your heating is working

Gas safety week is a great reminder that it is better to check your home’s heating system now to ensure it is working properly, than relying on it working when the weather is colder. For some boiler types we have videos on how to fix simple faults like topping up the pressure.

Annual gas safety checks

By law, we have to arrange a gas safety check by a Gas Safe registered engineer in each of our homes every 12 months. We will contact you several weeks before the anniversary date to arrange an appointment and make sure the check is completed in time.

Check gas appliances once a year

Gas cookers or any other gas appliances owned by the customer should have a Gas Safety Check once a year and be serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. You can set a reminder so you do not forget at Stay Gas Safe/.

Check the engineer is Gas Safe registered

All Yorkshire Housing gas operatives are Gas Safe registered engineers, who will be happy to show their Gas Safe Register ID card. If in doubt, you can contact us to check the engineer’s been authorised to visit your home. You can also check an engineer’s qualifications at the Gas Safe Register or call 0800 408 5500.

Check for warning signs that appliances are not working correctly

A gas boiler, fire or cooker may not be working correctly if:

  • There are lazy yellow or orange flames rather than crisp blue ones;
  • There are black marks on or around the appliance and if there’s a lot of condensation in the room.

If you suspect something is not working properly, stop using it and contact our Gas Safe registered engineers on 0345 366 4404.

Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning

Headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.

Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm

This will alert you and your family if there is carbon monoxide in your home. Our gas engineers will supply and fit these as well as test there operation when they carry out your annual gas safety check.

It is good practice that you test any carbon monoxide/smoke alarms monthly to ensure they work correctly.

The eighth annual Gas Safety Week, takes place between 17-23 September. It’s coordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers legally allowed to work on gas appliances. For more information visit the Gas Safe Register website or call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.