Having gas appliances in the home isn’t uncommon; in fact, nearly every home in the UK uses gas on a daily basis; whether it’s to heat the home with the boiler or cook a delicious meal with a gas oven, gas in the home can be an essential utility for many families.
The overwhelming majority of the time, gas appliances and connections are perfectly safe and secure. However, it is always best to air on the side of caution and double check that everything is working as it should be.
So, how can you make sure your home gas is as safe as it can be?
Use the Right Engineers
It is important to remember that all new gas connections set up to your home need to be installed by a GIRS-registered engineer. As part of the installation process, the engineer will follow strict safety procedures and ensure that the connection is completely safe. Here at Utility Smart, we would only ever use GIRS engineers to set up new connections to your home.
You should also make sure that your gas meters are installed by OFGEM-approved engineers. At Utility Smart, we only use OFGEM engineers to set up our gas meters. This is because the wellbeing and safety of our customers is always our number one priority.
Buy a Carbon Monoxide Detector
While you shouldn’t ever need a carbon monoxide detector if your connections and meters have been set up with the right engineers, it is always best to air on the side of caution and invest in a detector.
By placing a carbon monoxide detector by your gas appliance, you will be alerted in the same way a smoke alarm alerts you to smoke, but to the presence of carbon monoxide. In the highly unlikely event that your detector does go off, it is important to open all of your doors and windows, turn all of your appliances off, leave the building and call the Gas Emergency Service.
You should also check your detector regularly to make sure it is working correctly. By taking it off the wall, making sure that dust has not gathered around the vent area, and pressing the ‘test’ button every month, your detector will always work as it should do.
Don’t Use Gas Appliances for Anything Other Than Their Intended Use
This may sound like an obvious point to make, but you’d be surprised how many people use their gas appliances for more than just what they were made for.
For example, many people use the gas oven to heat up the kitchen area rather than turning on the electric heating in the home because it seems cheaper. However, it is important to only use gas appliances for their intended use, just to be on the safe side.