As Gas Safety Week begins (14-20 September), support has grown to help the annual event raise awareness of safety issues.
West Norfolk Council and Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) have pledged their support to help Gas Safe Register reach the 5.5 million people in the UK who are putting their health and finances at risk by not getting their gas appliances safety checked every year
In the past year there have been more than 67,000 gas emergency call-outs to homes, the equivalent of 186 every day.
In addition, Gas Safe Register’s own inspection and investigation data found dangerous gas appliances lurking in one in six of the 142,000 homes it has visited in the past five years.
As well as educating the public about the dangers of not having appliances checked annually, Gas Safe Register is raising awareness of the financial implications homeowners can face by having to rectify problems associated with faulty or badly maintained gas appliances.
These include black staining on surrounding walls, burst gas pipes, excessive condensation and, in extreme cases, house fires and explosions.
Chief executive Jonathan Samuel said: “While we are seeing more people getting gas safety checks compared with last year, millions are still taking risks.
“With the average cost of a boiler safety check costing just £60, it’s a small price for people to pay to keep their families safe and prevent damage to their home.”
Mr Samuel encouraged registered engineers and industry organisations to pinpoint customers to sign up to Gas Safe Register’s annual gas safety check reminder service.