How to Stay Gas Safe

Installing an LPG tank has lots of benefits, keeping your home warm if you’re not on the main gas grid, and having far fewer negative environmental effects than grid electricity and coal.When converting to LPG, you probably want the process to be as quick as possible, so you can get back to your normal routine. It is important to know how to stay gas safe, however, taking the time to understand health and safety as well as legal issues that might arise.

How to stay gas safe: being prepared

Firstly, it is essential that you deal with a Gas Safe registered engineer. At LPG Homeheat, all of our engineers are Gas Safe registered, and carry an ID card that confirms this. This can help ensure the safety of your family, as badly installed appliances can result in fires, leaks, explosions, and even carbon monoxide poisoning.poisonAsk for a quote, making sure that this includes an accurate description of what will be carried out, the materials that will be used, and the exact appliances that will be installed. Be aware of any warranties, and agree arrangements in the case of defective work or damage caused by contractors.When agreeing on a price, make sure payment methods are agreed in writing, as well as how long the work will take. These steps help avoid any misunderstandings, and protect you in case the results are not as you expected.It is also a good idea to ask for some references before signing anything, and perhaps even contact other customers to find out if others have had serious issues with the work carried out.Get proof of the supplier’s public liability insurance, as well as finding out how having a new LPG tank installed will affect your current home and contents insurance by speaking to your insurance company.

How to stay gas safe: your new tank

When installing your tank, make sure your engineer completes a commissioning document such as the Benchmark checklist by the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC). This covers the installation process and appliances involved in detail, making sure that everything is up to standard.When your new tank has been installed, the Building Regulations in England and Wales state that your engineer must notify your local authority of the installation.Go over the agreements that were made before the work took place, and make sure everything is satisfactory. Complete your warranty registration so that you’re protected if anything goes wrong.Finally, remember that you should have a safety check once each year, and regular servicing by a Gas Safe registered engineer to make sure your appliance is still working safely.