Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (14-20 September), and Firefighters want to highlight the key gas safety messages to keep people safe across Northern Ireland.
This is the fifth annual Gas Safety Week hosted by Gas Safe Register, the official list of registered gas engineers, with the aim of bringing gas safety issues to the forefront of people’s minds.
From 1st January 2014 to 10th September 2015, there have been 19 injuries in Northern Ireland due to gas related incidents with two people tragically losing their lives.
Kevin O’Neill, Group Commander, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said:
“As part of our commitment to protecting our community, along with Gas Safe Register, we want people to understand the real risks unsafe gas work poses and help people to stay gas safe. Dangerous gas work can kill. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
“During Gas Safety Week local Firefighters will be completing leaflet drops to help encourage householders to only use Gas Safe registered engineers to fit, fix and service their gas appliances.
“If you require general advice or information about gas safety you can call the Gas Safe Register Helpline on 0800 408 5500. If you suspect that you have a gas leak in your home make sure you shut off the gas supply at the meter control valve, open all doors and windows for ventilation and go outside into fresh air. Contact the Natural Gas Emergency Service Freephone number on 0800 002 001 or if it’s an emergency with a risk to life dial 999 and get the Fire Service out.”
Jonathan Samuel, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said:
“Every year, far too many people suffer from preventable gas related accidents, such as gas leaks, explosions, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s great therefore, that NIFRS has pledged its support and is raising awareness of gas safety issues, helping to let the gas consumers across Northern Ireland know about the simple checks they can make to stay safe.”
Follow these simple checks to stay gas safe:
- Check your gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants – make sure your landlord arranges this.
- Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find and check an engineer at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
- Check your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.
- Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly, such as lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
- Check you know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
- Check you have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.
For more information or to find Gas Safe registered engineer visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500