Every year about 14 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by gas appliances and flues which have not been properly installed or maintained. A great many others also suffer ill health.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 specifically deal with the installation, maintenance and use of gas appliances, fittings and flues in domestic and certain commercial premises. They place duties on landlords to ensure that gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants’ use are safe.
Appliances should be serviced regularly in line with the recommendation of the manufacturer. Servicing gas appliances regularly will ensure they are safe to use. In addition, efficiency and performance of each appliance will be greatly increased.
How can I tell if my appliances need servicing?
Gas appliances should always be services regularly, but if you notice any of the following signs you should arrange a visit by one of our gas safe registered engineers as soon as possible;
- The appliance in question is no longer working correctly
- Noticeable increase in condensation in the room with the appliance
- Pilot light regularly goes out
- Black marks or stains appearing on or around an appliance
- The appliance is burning with a weak yellow flame rather than a strong blue flame
How can we help?
LS Property will send a highly skilled gas safe registered engineer to carry out an inspection of the property and ensure the following is carried out;
- Check all gas appliances for gas tightness
- Standing and working pressure will be tested if test points are available
- Check burner pressure and gas rate against manufacturers data plate
- Checks carried out for the provision of all necessary ventilation
- Flue flow will be tested and products of combustion removed
- Check all flame failure devices for satisfactory operation
- Checks will be made for physical stability, presence and effectiveness of stability brackets (where necessary)
- Check that all safety devices are present and working correctly (see below)
- Investigation of any evidence of unsafe operation made and reported
Without completion of the checks above, an appliance cannot be issued a Gas Safety Certificate.
After carrying out these steps, LS Property will provide you with gas safe certification and peace of mind that your appliances conform to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
The Health and safety executive strongly recommends the use of CO2 alarms, which will give tenants advance warning of CO2 in the property. From October 2015 Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, under measures announced by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis (11 March 2015).The move will help prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year.
It is advisable to use gas engineer to fit your CO2 alarm as it has to be fitted in the correct position in your home to meet legal requirements.