Service supports 11th Gas Safety Week

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Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Gas Safety Week (13 – 19 September 2021) and will be using the campaign to raise awareness of the importance of gas safety, as well as highlighting how the public can ensure they keep themselves safe from dangerous gas appliances.

2021 marks the 11th year of Gas Safety Week, a campaign coordinated by Gas Safe Register, which encourages organisations from across the UK to work together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

This year, Gas Safety Week is addressing a whole range of gas safety matters for gas users across the country – from advice about how to stay gas safe, to raising awareness of using a registered engineer who is legally qualified, to ensure consumers don’t suffer from the effects of illegal gas work through lack of awareness.

Safe & Well Manager Vikki Thomas said: “Unsafe gas appliances can put your life in danger. If you don’t have your annual gas safety check from a registered engineer you could be at risk of fires, gas leaks or carbon monoxide poisoning. We recommend that homes with gas boilers, solid fuel burning appliances, such as wood burners, agas and open fireplaces have carbon monoxide detectors as well as working smoke alarms – they really do save lives.”

Jonathan Samuel, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said: “It’s great to see so many people supporting Gas Safety Week this year to help share important and, in some cases, lifesaving advice about gas safety. The last year or so has taught us the vital importance of helping and supporting those in our communities. Ensuring people always use a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to work on gas appliances in their homes is a great way to show how we can work together to stay gas safe.’’

To keep you and your family safe, follow these top tips:
  • Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, such as headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
  • If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.
  • Never attempt to work on a gas appliance yourself, always seek the help of a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer who can work on your gas cooker, boiler or fire in a safe way.
  • Don’t cut corners – only employ a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home.
  • Always ask to see your engineer’s Gas Safe ID card.Make sure you check the back of the card, which will state which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.
For more information on carbon monoxide safety, visit www.dwfire.org.uk/carbon-monoxide

Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers. You can find a registered engineer in your area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website at GasSafeRegister.co.uk
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Rachel Clements (Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, Administrator, Wiltshire Area Command)

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