Householders that use LPG for heating and cooking are being urged to have all gas appliances checked in the lead up to winter, avoiding the very real danger of gas leaks, carbon monoxide poisoning and fires.The trade association for the liquefied petroleum gas industry UKLPG, issued a stern warning during Gas Safety Week (15-22 September), an annual event arranged by Gas Safe Register.Rob Shuttleworth, chief executive of UKLPG, said “Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas which can kill quickly with no warning and just one of the many reasons that gas appliances need to be serviced and checked every year by a Gas Safe Registered installer”.“It is vitally important to invest in proper boiler and heater maintenance, including portable LPG heaters that may have been stored in a garage or shed over the summer. Calling in a Gas Safe registered fitter to service and safety check your appliances is a small price to pay for the safety of your loved ones.“Illegal gas fitters can put lives at risk, so always check the engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card, and if you rent your property make sure you see a copy of the landlord’s gas safety record confirming that a gas safety check has been carried out within the past 12 months.”Whilst it is an invisible gas with no smell or taste, there are signs to look for; a lazy orange / yellow flame, (all flames should be a crisp blue) black marks on appliances and too much condensation around the room. A carbon monoxide detector will alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide and Northern Energy continues to stress the importance of fitting carbon monoxide detectors, near any fossil fuel-burning appliance.Customers that use Northern Energy’s Privilege Plus Package* benefit from a boiler service package and Emergency Boiler Breakdown Cover, giving them peace of mind throughout the colder months. Having your boiler serviced regularly will ensure it runs to its maximum efficiency, saving you money and keeping environmental pollutants to a minimum. Regular upkeep can avoid the costly replacement of boiler components and expensive call out charges.