A national campaign to highlight the importance of gas safety in the home is underway this week.
As part of ‘Gas Safety Week’ Warmer Homes Stafford are encouraging residents across the Borough to take action to ensure they stay safe this winter and are offering free boiler servicing and support to access boiler replacement grants.
Poorly maintained or fitted gas appliances such as gas fires and boilers can produce Carbon monoxide (CO) – a dangerous gas which can be difficult to detect. CO is colourless, odourless and tasteless.
Symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, breathlessness and dizziness and similar to those experienced during a cold or flu. However, symptoms are likely to disappear when you leave the house and only return when you are back at home.
Appliances that use gas, including boilers, cookers and gas fires should be regularly serviced by a gas safe registered engineer to ensure they are safe. The gas safe register (https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/) has a range of information and postcode search that allows residents to find local, verified gas safe engineers. A check should last no more than a couple of hours and should cost between £70-£100. It is recommended to have gas appliances checked once a year.
If you have any work done on gas appliances at home – these should only be undertaken by gas safe registered engineers. This ensures that engineers are fully qualified and accredited to work on and service gas appliances.
If you rent your home, your landlord must service gas appliances once every year.
Carbon Monoxide monitors are relatively simple devices that can detect the presence of Carbon Monoxide and alert residents when high and dangerous levels are detected. They are readily available from hardware and DIY stores, and once activated should be placed in rooms where a gas appliance is located. These cost in the region of £10-£20.
Warmer Homes Stafford is a partnership between the Borough Council and Marches Energy Agency to help local residents get access to funding, advice and information about improving energy efficiency, reducing fuel bills and keeping warm.
Oliver Rothwell, Warmer Homes Stafford Project Manager, said: “We’re keen to hear from residents who have older gas appliances that haven’t been serviced for a while and can help find reputable local gas safe engineers. For a limited time, we can offer ‘free’ boiler and appliance checks to low income or vulnerable households. I’d encourage residents to take some time this week to think about their gas appliances, get them checked and make sure they stay safe. If a check results in your appliance being deemed unsafe or broken – we have access to grants to help pay for replacements”
Warmer Homes Stafford can help residents apply for grants for replacement gas boilers. If your boiler is deemed to be unsafe, not working correctly or is old and inefficient – the team can refer households into grant schemes where replacements are often fully funded.
To discuss gas safety, apply for a free appliance service or to talk about heating replacement grants – call Warmer Homes Stafford on 0800 677 1785 visit www.warmerhomesstafford.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Warmer Homes Stafford offer free and impartial energy advice to residents across the borough via Freephone. For those who need additional support regarding energy bills and tariffs, or for those with additional needs, a home visit can be arranged.
Press Release No 5562