Date: 10 August 2010
It is illegal for anyone to use a gas appliance if they suspect it is unsafe. Turn the appliance off and do not touch it until it has been checked by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.
If you suspect there is a gas leak you should immediately do the following:
Anyone employed to work on gas appliances in domestic premises must be a Gas Safe Registered engineer and competent in that area of gas work. By using a Gas Safe Registered engineer you can be sure that any work completed by a Gas Safe Register technician will be done competently and safely.
HSENI advises that you should arrange for regular maintenance and an annual safety check to be carried out on your gas appliances and installation by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. Landlords have a legal duty to ensure that this is carried out.
All Gas Safe Registered engineers carry ID cards which tell you which appliances they are qualified to work on.
If your engineer recommends that more work needs to be done on your appliance always follow the advice given. If you have doubts over the advice follow it in the interim period and contact Gas Safe Register for further advice.
HSENI strongly recommends the use of CO alarms as one useful precaution to give advance warning of CO in property. Importantly, alarms should not be regarded as a replacement for regular maintenance and safety checks by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. CO alarms cost from £15 and can be purchased in most hardware shops. Before purchasing a CO alarm, always ensure it complies with British Standard EN 50291 and carries a British or European approval mark, such as a Kitemark. CO alarms should be installed and maintained in line with the manufacturer's instructions.
To help operate safely, all gas appliances need the following:
Without these safety precautions dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can build up with the possibility of fatal consequences. There are some easy ways to help avoid the build up of carbon monoxide poisoning:
Gas Safe Register - 0800 408 5500
Public Health Agency - 028 9031 1611
Gas company contact details:
Phoenix Natural Gas - 08454 55 55 55
Firmus Energy Customer Care Line - 08456 08 00 88
Calor Gas Northern Ireland Limited - 028 9045 5588
Flogas - 028 9073 2611