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UK gas consumers fail to spot deadly gas appliances

Gas Safe Register – the UK’s gas safety authority - is urging people to get gas appliances in their homes safety checked after a new study reveals more than nine in 10 UK gas consumers cannot identify deadly appliances.

Gas Safe Register showed 1,200 gas consumers 10 photographs of gas appliances. Eight were life threatening and two were completely safe.

Worryingly, nearly all respondents (95 per cent) thought at least one of the potentially deadly appliances was safe, while one in 17 people (6 per cent) thought all eight dangerous appliances were safe.

Only one person correctly identified all 10 appliances as safe or dangerous.

Six of the eight dangerous appliances shown could have resulted in a gas leak, fire, explosion or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, but were safety checked before anyone was hurt.

The other two unsafe appliances were investigated by the Register after they had already leaked deadly CO fumes.

When gas consumers were shown a picture of the gas fire that resulted in a fatality, nearly half thought it looked safe (48 per cent).

Respondents were also asked if they would get each of the dangerous appliances checked if they were in their own home.

One in 11 people said they would, but only if it broke down, and one in 14 wouldn’t get it checked at all.

However, as GSR’s survey shows, the only way to know if an appliance is safe or not is to have it safety checked annually.

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