• Be Safe Be Gas Safe First

    What Is Gas Safe First?

    If you have any form of gas work carried out in your home it has to be done 

    by a Gas Safe registered engineer

    To use someone who is not registered is breaking the UK law, and can be dangerous.

    So what is special about a gas safe engineer?

    To be a registered gas engineer you have to sit exams every five years and renew your gas safe registration each year. 

    The exams you take depend on what type of gas appliances you want to work on. 

    If you want to be able to install boilers then you sit an exam on boilers, 

    the same if you want to install fires, you will take an exam on fire.

    Some people think that if you are gas safe registered you can work on all gas appliances. 

    Each engineer has a gas safe card that has details on the back with details of 

    what they can work on. 

    Before any form of work commences you should always ask to see the engineers card. 

    Should they tell you that they don’t have it with them, 

    then you should ask them to leave your property and only return to 

    carry out the works when they have the card with them.

    The gas safe card is a licence that all engineers 

    have to carry with them, this is the regulations.

    Anybody can tell to you they are registered, but until you see the card you don’t know. 

    If you are unsure about any engineer or feel that they may not be 

    registered you can go online to the gas safe register and carry out a check. 

    The check will reveal what the engineer is allowed to work on.

    Gas safe took over from C.O.R.G.I on the 1st April 2009. 

    It’s strange because just as people were getting to know C.O.G.R.I It all changed over to gas safe.

    So what is Gas Safe all about? 

    Gas safe keeps a check on all of the registered engineers. 

    They carry out inspections on gas work that has been carried out by the registered engineer, 

    Inspections are random so the engineer does not know if a job is going to be inspected.

    When any gas installations are carried out, 

    the engineer has to register the installation with gas safe. 

    The customer will then receive a certificate confirming the work conforms to the 

    current regulations.

    This certificate will be sent to you through the post, it normally takes about 2 weeks to arrive, depending on how busy they are. 

    Once you receive the certificate you need to keep it safe, because should you 

    decide to sell your property will need it for the buyers. 

    You will be asked for it from the solicitors.

    Gas safe is not just for the engineers, it’s also there for you the customer. 

    If you think your gas works is not up to scratch, 

    you can contact gas safe who will investigate the problem. 

    An inspector will contact you to make an appointment so he can come along and check over the works.

    If he feels the work is not up to regulation standards or even unsafe,

    he will advise you accordingly. 

    If he finds it is unsafe he will make the installation safe. 

    This may involve turning your gas off at the meter or if possible the appliance in question.

    He will then try to contact the installer and ask him to meet him on site to discuss his findings. 

    The inspector will write-up a report on all of the defects that he finds. 

    The installer will receive a copy and the customer as

    well.The installer will be given the option to put everything right at his own expense. 

    Once the faults have been put right, the inspector will again visit to make sure 

    everything is as it should.

    Should the installer decline to carry out the repairs he can be removed from the register, 

    and told to stop working on any gas appliances. 

    If he carries on working on gas he can be prosecuted and even sent to prison.

    Gas safe runs a gas safety week each year, to try and make people more aware of the dangers of gas.

    if a gas appliance is installed incorrectly it could be leaking carbon monoxide 

    which as we all know is a silent killer. 

    How many times have you thought you could smell gas in your home 

    but never done anything about it? 

    A small gas leak can be just as dangerous as a large leak. 

    If you think you smell gas, does not matter how small it may be, 

    get it looked at straight away, because should something happen 

    you will never forgive yourself.

    Gas Safe is all about safety in the home. 

    If you live in a rented property you should have a landlords gas safety inspection certificate, 

    if you don’t then you need to contact the landlord and ask for your copy. 

    This again is the law. 

    Landlords sometimes try to miss a year to save money, 

    but the inspection needs to be done every year without fail. 

    A landlord who avoids the gas safe inspection could be putting your life at risk.

    To find out more about gas safe and how it can work for you, 

    enter your details in the form below and we will contact you to discuss further. 

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