HOW IMPORTANT IS GAS SAFETY?
Safety is first and foremost with any gas installation.
Carbon monoxide is as deadly as it is difficult to detect. Because of this, all our engineers are fully Gas Safe Registered and can provide proof on request.
Building regulations in England and Wales make it a legal requirement to inform the local authority about installation of a heat producing gas appliance (e.g. boiler or fire). Only Gas Safe Registered Engineers can fit a new gas appliance. Once a gas appliance has been successfully installed, notification should be provided by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.
INFORMATION ABOUT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
Poorly maintained, badly installed or faulty gas appliances can leak poisonous carbon monoxide.
Carbon Monoxide is invisible, has no taste or smell, and it can kill quickly without warning. It is important to be aware of the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:
LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
If these symptoms disappear or become less noticeable or when away from your home, this could be a sign that carbon monoxide is present.
We always recommend carbon monoxide detectors are supplied with every new boiler installation. Our engineers will discuss the best carbon monoxide detector options when they visit your premises.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES AS A LANDLORD OR HOMEOWNER
As a landlord or homeowner, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with your duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe to use.
Those items within communal areas but which may be used by tenants are also included. You are responsible for ensuring appliances, flues and pipework provided for your tenants use are inspected by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Although there is no definitive timescale for these duties, it is recommended you arrange regular, annual maintenance checks and necessary repairs.
Essential checks on new items
You are also responsible for ensuring an annual gas safety check is carried out within 12 months of the installation of a new appliance or flue. This should be by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. You must keep a record of this safety check for 2 years and issue a copy to every tenant within 28 days of the check. You must also issue a copy to any new tenants before they move in.
At Instant Boiler Repair, we make all these regulations simple and straightforward. If you need copies of paperwork in future, we maintain thorough records of all work performed.