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Gas Safety Week – Five tips for landlords from Ideal Heating

Published On: September 16, 2020 at 8:13 am

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This week is the 10th anniversary of Gas Safety Week. During September every year, the Gas Safe Register works to raise awareness of gas safety in homes.

Just Landlords, the specialist landlord insurance provider, has updated its guide for landlords and tenants in order to help spread awareness across the UK.

Boiler supplier Ideal Heating has also provided the following five tips to help avoid unwanted breakdowns:

1. Get annual checks by a Gas Safe registered engineer 

  • Your gas appliances need a safety check every year – failing to correctly maintain your appliance could lead to serious problems including carbon monoxide poisoning
  • When having your service done, only use Gas Safe Registered engineers. This includes when installing any appliances too. Make sure you insist on seeing their Gas Safe ID card
  • This responsibility falls to landlords for appliances that are provided by you. Keep track of your Gas Safety Records and ensure gas appliances, fittings and chimneys are safe (in line with the Gas Safety Regulations 1998). If tenants have their own gas appliances in the rented property it is their responsibility to ensure that they are regularly maintained and serviced
  • Always ensure that your Gas Safe engineer has a copy of the manufacturer’s instructions and services your appliance in accordance with these. Your appliance manufacturer will be able to help if you don’t have a copy

2. Never block the ventilation around your appliance 

  • A lack of ventilation around appliances, whether indoors or outdoors can lead to a build-up on carbon monoxide
  • Ensure any gas appliances have good ventilation and are used in the intended way

3. Get a carbon monoxide detector and test it regularly

  • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in your property/ies. Early warnings can save lives!
  • It’s also important to be aware of the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. Encourage your tenants to know the symptoms which include, headaches, dizziness, nausea, tiredness, and breathlessness. (Think about whether symptoms improve when you leave the house – are others in the home suffering similar symptoms?)

4. Test your CO alarm regularly and check that it is still within the expiry date printed on the alarm

  • Encourage your tenants to check appliances for warning signs! If appliances have a pilot light, do you have to relight it? If so you should get your appliance checked 
  • If you see yellow, lazy flames on your gas hob, rather than the usual blue ones, your hob needs to be checked immediately
  • Any staining or excessive soot build up on or around appliances might also signal problems
  • Is your appliance performing differently to normal or displaying fault lights or codes? Time for a Gas Safe registered engineer to check it
  • Check when you last had your gas appliance serviced and ensure you regularly have it maintained
  • All other fuel-burning appliances (e.g log burning stoves) should also be checked and maintained by qualified engineers

You can find further advice on the Gas Safe Register website: www.gassaferegister.co.uk/help-and-advice.

Chris Jessop, Customer Services Director Ideal Heating, comments: “Many people do not take gas safety seriously enough. Neglecting to follow guidance on checks and maintenance can be life-threatening and so initiatives like Gas Safety Week are massively important in helping protect people, homes, and workplaces.

“At Ideal Heating, we place huge importance into making sure staff are fully trained and up to date on the latest best practise. The safety of our customers is paramount and we work closely with Gas Safe Register in support of their initiatives throughout our normal working practices every day.”

Problems with gas in a home can cause serious health issues concern which might even be a threat to life. Getting your appliances checked regularly can help to prevent this.

You can enter your postcode here to see reported gas threats in your area: www.staygassafe.co.uk/.

Landlords call for an extension to safety certificates

Published On: April 20, 2020 at 8:10 am

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Landlords are calling for a six-month extension to the validity of all gas and electrical safety certificates to cover for the impact of the coronavirus.

A recent survey revealed that 38% of landlords are struggling to source maintenance contractors to undertake required work. Over a third of respondents are also having difficulties undertaking work in their properties due to self-isolation.

With tenants also concerned about letting people into their rental properties, the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) is calling for gas and electrical safety certificates expiring over the six month period from 1st April to be extended for six months. This would be in line with the Government’s approach to MOT certificates.

This would provide the time that landlords need to ensure routine, but legally binding checks, can take place at a point when the danger of spreading the virus in rental properties is at least reduced.

The NRLA is also calling on the Government to delay until next year the introduction of new routine Electrical Installation Condition Reports which are due to come into force from 1st July. These will involve inspectors checking the wiring in all rooms of a property, possibly taking a number of hours, making it impossible for tenants to properly isolate.

Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the NRLA, comments: “Whilst landlords should ensure that urgent work to ensure properties are safe for tenants is carried out, routine maintenance and checks need to be delayed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“Extending the life of gas and electrical safety certificates will protect landlords and tenants from unnecessary contact and provide landlords with legal protection from enforcement action where they are simply unable to get such work undertaken through no fault of their own.”

How to tell if you might have an unsafe gas appliance

Published On: December 2, 2019 at 9:24 am

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As temperatures are dropping and the winter weather is now setting in, boiler repair specialist Boiler Guide is warning landlords across the UK to check their gas appliances.

Carbon monoxide poisoning, gas fires, and even explosions are possible due to faults with heating systems. These are all potential risks that could have remained dormant over the summer.

Boiler Guide compiled data revealing that residents in Oxford are most likely to have an unsafe gas appliance in their home, with 1 in 43 having a faulty device.

Close behind was Reading (1 in 44 people), Dundee (1 in 47 people) and Cardiff (1 in 48).

At the other end of the spectrum, residents in Cambridge have been found to be the most on top of their gas safety checks. Only 1 in 213 people were recorded to have an unsafe appliance in their home.

David Holmes, Founder of Boiler Guide, comments: “With more and more residents switching on their gas boilers as we head towards winter, it’s imperative that homeowners aren’t unwillingly playing host to potentially life-threatening risks in their properties through faulty gas appliances. Putting off getting an appliance fixed or serviced can have devastating consequences.

“Faulty gas appliances pose huge life-threatening risks with gas leaks, carbon monoxide poisoning, and fire and explosions a real threat as natural gas is highly combustible. Once gas leaks from a faulty appliance, it spreads quickly and increases the risk of it accidentally igniting causing a fire or explosion.”

Boiler Guide provides the following tips on how to tell if you might have an unsafe gas appliance:

You can smell gas in the home 

Turn off the gas supply, open windows and doors, evacuate the property and call the Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999. DO NOT switch plugs on or off, create sparks, naked flames, smoke cigarettes or use a mobile phone as you could cause an explosion.

The flame in the appliance in yellow or orange 

If the flame is not bright blue the appliance is not burning the fuel away completely and may produce potentially lethal carbon monoxide (CO). We can’t see or smell CO, but breathing it in can lead to permanent brain damage or even death.

You are experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning

Early symptoms of CO poisoning are very much like the flu, e.g. headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, confusion, tiredness, pain in the stomach and/or difficulty breathing. If you or someone else may be experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning, evacuate the property and call 999.

There are black stains around or on the boiler

Black stains could also indicate a gas leak. Damaged, rusty, discoloured or corroded pipework should also be inspected by a Gas Safe engineer ASAP.

Gas Safety Week Reminder

Published On: September 19, 2018 at 10:23 am

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Gas Safety Week: what to do and why it is important 

For the eighth annual Gas Safety Week (17th – 23rd September) we wanted to emphasise the importance of regularly checking gas appliances and raise awareness to encourage more landlords and tenants to remain compliant with safety standards.

New research provided by Gas Safe Register has revealed that 33% of adults in the UK are uncertain when it comes to identifying signs of unsafe gas appliances.

Of those who were interviewed during the research process, 33% claimed that the way they identified if a gas appliance was unsafe was if it has a lazy yellow flame. In addition, 32% believed if the pilot light persisted to extinguish, this was a definite sign.

Lastly, 29% of people believed that black marks or stains on or around the appliance indicated that the appliance was dangerous and 12% were adamant that if increased condensation appeared inside windows, this was a sign that the appliance was definitely unsafe.

Moreover, 17% also admitted that they aren’t active in taking any steps to ensure that their home’s gas appliances are safe.

 

 

So, what should you do to keep your home safe?

  • Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances. You can find and check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk (check out our graphic below) or call 0800 408 5500.
  • Check both sides of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.
  • Have all your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year. If you rent your home ask for a copy of the landlord’s current Gas Safety Record.
  • Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions.
  • Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
  • Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.

 

Follow @JustLandlords on Twitter for daily articles about Gas Safety.

 

Please visit this link: https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/gassafetyweek/stay-safe/jades-story/ to read some of the personal stories from tenants who have experienced an unsafe situation involving gas.

 

We’re Fighting for a Gas Safe Nation this Week

Published On: September 17, 2018 at 8:06 am

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Gas safety should always be on the minds of landlords, but, this week in particular, we’re fighting for a gas safe nation as part of Gas Safety Week 2018 – 17th-23rd September.

We're Fighting for a Gas Safe Nation this Week

We’re Fighting for a Gas Safe Nation this Week

Gas Safety Week is an annual chance to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is coordinated by Gas Safe Register, which we worked with to compile our comprehensive guide to gas safety for landlords.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning in your properties. Every year, thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly with no warning, as you cannot see it, taste it or smell it.

As a landlord, you are legally responsible for the safety of your tenants. Therefore, you must make sure that a Gas Safe registered engineer conducts maintenance and annual safety checks on your gas appliances.

Landlords are legally obliged to ensure:

  • Gas pipework, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition.
  • All gas appliances and flues provided for tenants’ use have an annual safety check. You can set a reminder so that you don’t forget at staygassafe.co.uk.
  • A qualified Gas Safe registered engineer carries out maintenance and annual safety checks.
  • All gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting the property.
  • A Gas Safety Record is provided to the tenant within 28 days of completing the check, or to any new tenant before they move into the property.
  • You keep a copy of the Gas Safety Record for two years.

Before any gas work is undertaken, always check that the engineer is qualified to carry out the work that needs doing, for example, natural gas, domestic boiler, etc.

You can find this information on the Gas Safe Register website, or by checking the back of the engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. You should also encourage your tenants to check the card when the engineer arrives at the property.

We hope that you put gas safety to the front of your mind this week, to join us in the fight for a gas safe nation!

Landlord Receives Suspended Sentence After Failed Maintenance on Gas Appliances

Published On: September 5, 2018 at 8:34 am

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A landlord from Blackburn has received a fine subsequent to failing to maintain gas appliances at his rental properties in Norwich.

Norwich Magistrates’ Court was informed that inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Gas Safe Register inspected a property at Kings Lynn in Norfolk in 2017 where they discovered a gas oven to be ‘at risk’ and the gas heating boiler to be unsafe to use.

The landlord also failed to comply with an Improvement Notice issued in July last year, which required the act to deal with issues.

Ladell pleaded guilty to breaching Section 21 of the Health & Safety Work etc. Act 1974 and breaching Regulation 36(2) and Regulation 36(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

He received a 20-week prison sentence suspended for 24 months, ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid community work and to pay full costs of £4,146.

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