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Leaflet - Gas Safety

Gas Safety

'Has your gas appliance been serviced recently?'

Gas Appliances - The Problem

Every year more than 20 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by gas appliances which have not been properly installed or maintained. When gas does not burn properly, large amounts of carbon monoxide are produced.

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas which is highly toxic to people and animals and can kill without warning in just a matter of hours. The early symptoms of poisoning include tiredness, drowsiness, headaches, pains in the chest and stomach pains. You are particularly vulnerable when you are asleep.

You are at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning from a gas appliance if:

There is a particular risk if you sleep in a room where an appliance, which is not of the balanced flue type, is left burning at night. (A balanced flue appliance is one that normally has the flue outlet on an outside wall often protected by a cage, rather than going up to roof level.)

The Answers

Never use a gas appliance if you think it is not working properly

Signs to look out for include:

Never cover an appliance or block the air vents;

Never block or obstruct any fixed ventilation, grills or air bricks;

Never block or cover outside flues;

Never fit draught stripping to doors of a room containing a gas appliance;

Do have your appliance checked/ serviced at least every 12 months by a CORGI registered company.

The Law

Since April 2009 CORGI has been changed to the Gas Safe Register. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994 are enforced by the Health and Safety Executive and these regulations place duties on gas consumers, installers, suppliers, and landlords. Remember, for your own protection:

Further Information

If you need further detailed advice ring the Health and Safety Executive, Gas Safety Advice line on 0800 300 363, or contact the local Health and Safety Executive office at International House, Dover Place, Ashford Telephone (01233) 624658.

Otherwise, more general advice is available from:

Housing Services Unit - Swale Borough Council
Swale House,
East Street,
Sittingbourne,
Kent ME10 3HT

Telephone: 01795 417467

This leaflet contains notes which are only a general guide to the law. The exact legal requirements are contained in the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994 (as amended). Source: Health and Safety Executive.

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