Council backs Gas Safety Week 2020

Published: Tuesday 15 September 2020

An engineer checks a boiler to highlight Gas Safety Week 2020

South Lanarkshire Council has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week 2020.

This week is the tenth year of Gas Safety Week, and organisations from across the UK are working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

This year, Gas Safety Week is addressing a whole range of gas safety matters with a focus on community safety in these difficult times - from advice about how to stay gas safe, to raising awareness of using a registered engineer who is legally qualified, to ensure consumers don’t suffer from the effects of illegal gas work though lack of awareness.  

The council's Executive Director of Housing and Technical Resources, Daniel Lowe, said: “We are delighted to be supporting such an important and vital week to raise awareness of gas safety issues.

“There is so much information out there to help everyone stay safe and I would encourage everyone to follow Gas Safe Register’s top tips.”

Jonathan Samuel, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said: “It’s great to see so many people supporting Gas Safety Week this year to help share important and, in some cases, lifesaving advice about gas safety. It’s vital in these uncertain times to look out for the safety of our local communities and ensure people always use a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to work on gas appliances at their home. It’s how we can all work together to stay gas safe.’ 

To keep you and your family safe, follow Gas Safe Register’s top tips: 

•    Know the symptoms of CO poisoning; headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
•    If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999. 
•    Never attempt to work on a gas appliance yourself, always seek the help of a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer who can work on your gas cooker, boiler or fire in a safe way.
•    Don’t cut corners - only employ a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home. 
•    Always ask to see your engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. Make sure you check the back of the card, which will state which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.

Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers. You can find a registered engineer in your area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website.