Top Tips

Gas safe top tips:

  1. Have all your own gas appliances checked every year. MHA undertake this for the items we own within your home, however you are responsible for your own gas appliances. For example, cookers.
  2. Find a Gas Safe registered engineer in your area or call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500 (all MHA engineers are Gas Safe Registered). It is against the law for any engineer to work on a gas appliance when not Gas Safe registered.
  3. Always ask to see an engineer’s Gas Safe ID card and check the back of the card to ensure they are qualified to carry out the specific type of gas work you need. Report someone working without registration or call Gas Safe on the free phone number 0800 408 5500.
  4. Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions. Recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.
  5. Regularly check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g., lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room. Remember you are responsible for your cooker.
  6. Only use gas appliances for their intended purpose e.g., don’t use a gas oven to heat a room or use a gas barbeque inside the house.
  7. Always ensure there is enough ventilation for your gas appliances to allow them to burn correctly and make sure you are not blocking any air vents that provide an air supply to the gas appliance. Using oversized pots or foil on a hob can cause incomplete combustion and produce carbon monoxide.
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