Powys is supporting Gas Safety Week 2023
06 September 2023
Gas Safety Week is here to remind the public and businesses how to keep themselves gas safe, and organisations across the nation are working 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 focuses on celebrating the breadth and diversity of gas engineers and the essential role they play in keeping the nation gas safe. As well as reminding the public and businesses, about gas safety and tips to ensure they stay safe, including not attempting DIY on gas appliances and being aware of the warning signs of unsafe appliances.
Cllr Richard Church, Powys County Council's Cabinet Member for a Safer Powys, said: "We're proud to be supporting Gas Safe Week 2023 and helping to keep our communities safe.
"I urge all Powys residents and businesses to be vigilant. Please follow the advice and guidance that Gas Safe Register has issued as this will help ensure your gas appliances are free from leaks and other hazards, and that they're safe to use.
"Please ensure you always use a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to service your appliances, and if something doesn't look right, please contact Gas Safe Register who will be able to support you."
Jonathan Samuel, Chief Executive Officer for Gas Safe Register, said: "We're delighted to see so much support for Gas Safety Week 2023 - now in its thirteenth year. This year we are celebrating the breadth and diversity of gas engineers, their skills, and experiences, which help to keep the nation gas safe all year round. And we're reminding the public of the importance of always using a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to fix, fit or service gas appliances".
Keep up to date with Gas Safe Register's updates and advice throughout Gas Safety Week by following @GasSafeRegister on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and search #GSW23 and #GasSafetyWeek.
To keep you, your family, and members of the public safe, follow Gas Safe Register's top tips:
- Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning; headaches, nausea, breathlessness, dizziness, collapse and loss of consciousness.
- Look out for warning signs your appliance may be unsafe, such as a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame, error messages or unexpected noises from your boiler or dark and sooty stains around your gas appliance.
- Make sure you leave vents unblocked as these are there to help your appliance work safely and efficiently.
- 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.
- If you're having your annual safety check, only employ a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to carry it out.
- 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.
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.