The fifth Gas Safety Week will be held this year from 14-20 September to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of gas appliances.
It is essential that gas appliances are safely checked at least once a year. Unchecked, dangerous gas work can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, all of which can be fatal.
The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has also pledged its support and is providing tips for improving safety and reducing cases of carbon monoxide poisoning.
APHC chief executive John Thompson commented “Appliances which are not properly maintained can quickly become silent killers. For this reason, APHC is proposing some measures, the first of which would be MOT style check-ups for appliances with the aim of reducing incidences of faulty appliances and fatalities.”
“Secondly, it should be a mandatory requirement to have a CO detector installed when replacing a boiler in England and Wales. This requirement is already in place for solid fuels, and we recommend for it to be extended to cover all fuel types. These measures should also apply to all types of combustion appliances to reduce dangers to consumers across the board.”