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Gas Safety Week - iHeat Proudly Supporting 2022

Gas Safety Week - iHeat Proudly Supporting 2022

With Gas Safety week imminent, We here at iHeat understand the value of such initiatives, fully support them, and want to increase knowledge and awareness on the serious subject of gas safety.

What Is Gas Safety Week?

Gas Safety Week is exactly what is says on the tin, a week dedicated to increasing gas safety awareness and improving knowledge surrounding the subject. 

The pan-industry event is celebrating its twelfth year and will take place from the 12th-18th September, with the overall goal of keeping the nation gas safe.

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Gas Safe Register

The Gas Safe register is the appointed representative of the safety regulatory group- Health and Safety Executive. By Law, any potential installation or safety check must be completed properly by a gas safe registered engineer. This is a fully trained and qualified gas engineer who is legally licensed under the published Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR). All registered gas safe engineers should carry and be able to present official accreditation and have a verified and unique ID number. 

Why Is Gas Safety Important?

Gas safety is a serious matter due to the potentially life threatening consequences of gas misuse or hazardous behaviour. 

Carbon monoxide is the resultant poisonous gas stemming from incomplete or improper burning of carbon based fuels (including the gas used by boilers). In England and Wales, there are approximately 40 deaths and 250 hospital admissions per year related to carbon-monoxide poisoning.

Possible symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning include:

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Tiredness and confusion

  • Stomach pain

  • Shortness of breath

  • Confusion

  • Irregular heartbeat

  • Seizures

If you experience any of these symptoms and think you may have carbon monoxide poisoning seek medical attention immediately!

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Unfortunately, small gas leaks often do not have a smell or other physical signs, which means they can go undetected for a long time. However, after a while you may notice signs such as a sulphur or rotten egg smell, hissing from a gas line, a damaged gas pipe or dead houseplants. Or if you notice the small flame as seen through the viewing window on older boilers is yellow instead of blue, this could be a gas leak indicator.

Undetected gas leaks also pose the potentially lethal risk of gas ignition explosions, this is when a leaking gas source combines with the air and an ignition source (e.g lighter flame) to cause an explosive and violent combustion.

What To Do If You Think you Have A Gas Leak

If you suspect your property has a gas leak it is crucial to carry out these steps:

  • Ensure all people and pets are evacuated from the house.

  • Leave doors and windows open.

  • Turn off the gas at the mains tap- this can usually be found near the gas meter.

  • Immediately call the National Gas Emergency Service number on 0800 111 999 as soon as you have evacuated the house.

  • Do not turn any power or light switches on or off.

  • Do not light any sort of flame within the property.

  • Do not use any appliances that could cause a spark.

What We Are Doing At iHeat To support Gas Safety Week

At iHeat, we take gas safety very seriously, ensuring that all our boiler installers are Gas Safe Registered. We also offer annual boiler servicing (location dependent) to make sure your boiler and the whole system including pipework is running safely. For your peace of mind, we make sure all our installers display their Gas Safe card upon arrival so you can be sure the work will be done diligently and safely.

Also our dedicated logistics and customer service team have undertaken specific learning tasks in the run up to gas safety week as a knowledge refresher.    

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Stephen Day | Co-founder
Gas Safe registered and FGAS certified engineer with over 20 years experience in the heating and cooling industry.