Now in its fourth year, Gas Safety Week (15-21 September) aims to bring gas safety to the forefront of people’s minds.
As ever, the success of the week is down to the whole industry coming together to encourage the 23 million UK gas consumers to get their appliances checked annually and to only use a registered engineer.
This year engineers are at the heart of Gas Safety Week and we are shining a light on all the good work they do on a daily basis. Over the past few months engineers have been sharing stories of when they have gone ‘above and beyond’ to keep their community safe and photos of dodgy gas work they’ve come across and have had to put right. Throughout Gas Safety Week our ‘Gas Safe Hero’ stories will appear on the website and may be shared with the media. If you have a story to tell or photos to share visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk/Hero.
It’s not too late to pledge your support – visit www.GasSafetyWeek.co.uk where you will be able to download the supporters pack. This includes flyers, posters and other communication materials to use during the week. You can also get involved by simply telling your customers about the campaign and the dangers of unsafe gas work. Show them our gas map and the gas risks in their local area – and get them to sign up for a free annual gas safety check reminder.
Lastly, if your business is on Facebook or Twitter – follow us and share and retweet Gas Safety Week news. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #GSW14 when tweeting.
Last year, 2,700 industry supporters, from retailers and big energy companies to individual engineers, pledged their support and got involved. Some spoke to customers, offering gas safety tips either face-to-face or over social media. Others distributed leaflets, or added information about the week to their own websites, while some individuals and businesses hosted an event or held a promotion. One in 20 industry supporters last year said they estimated they helped to communicate gas safety messages to 10,000 people.
Engineers and businesses who support the week will not only be helping us to keep Britain gas safe, they could also be helping to generate more work for themselves as businesses who make their pledge will appear on the Gas Safety Week website which will be seen by thousands of potential customers before, during and after the week. In addition, we know that around one in four businesses that got involved last year said they noticed an increase in business.
So be proud to be a registered gas engineer, pledge your support and spread the news of Gas Safety Week. Let’s work together to make this year’s campaign even bigger.
Russell Kramer is chief executive at Gas Safe Register