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HHIC members commit to gas safe packaging initiative

Organisation’s boiler manufacturers group will use their product packaging to improve consumer awareness of gas safe trained installers

Members of the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council’s (HHIC’s) boiler manufacturers group have pledged to amend their packaging to mark Gas Safety Week 2018, which launches today (September 17).

Manufacturers involved with the group will now use on-packaging information to try and raise awareness that all gas appliances in the country are required to be installed by a registered Gas Safe engineer. It is hoped the initiative will support yearlong promotion of the Gas Safe Register and address wider challenges in building up public awareness around the need for well-maintained appliances, as well as encouraging wide spread adoption of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

HHIC director Stewart Clements said that it was the responsibility of the entire gas industry to ensure consumers themselves are aware of risks in allowing a non-qualified individual without insurance to install a gas appliance for purposes such as heating.

He said, “HHIC boiler manufacturer members have made this pledge, to place the gas safety messaging on boiler packaging, to show their commitment to continually raising gas safety awareness, and making it harder for unregistered ‘installers’ to operate in the industry.”

Mr Clements said that the revised packaging was targeted at concerns raised by recent research that found 41 per cent of a chosen survey group did not check that gas engineers working in their homes were legally qualified to do so.

He added, “A prominent message on boiler packaging will serve to remind consumers to ensure that all gas appliances must be fitted by a gas safe registered engineer – something which can easily be checked online through the Gas Safe Register, or Registered Gas Installer (ROI), or in person by checking their ID card.”

A special launch event for this year’s Gas Safety Week was held at the Houses of Parliament last week.

A range of MPs, installers and key figures from the Gas Safe Register programme, which continues to be operated by Capita, used the event to set out some of the key challenges and progress over the last year in building up public awareness around the dangers of illegally fitted appliances.

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