This year’s Gas Safety Week will take place 15th-21st September.
The annual event raises consumer awareness of the dangers of using unqualified gas fitters.
Research shows that one in three consumers trust a tradesman to do gas work based on the recommendation of a friend or neighbour, without checking their registration and qualifications first.
Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering operations manager Danny Davis said: “It is alarming to read that one in three consumers would use somebody who is not Gas Safe Registered - by doing so they could endanger the lives of themselves and others. At the same time, this puts professional installers at a disadvantage, because they invest a lot of time and money in qualifying and registering to provide professional services, unlike the ‘cowboys’.
“This type of work should only be carried out by professionals and it is important that the public is aware of this and the dangers associated with incorrect choices.”