Unregistered gas fitters putting families’ lives at risk

Unregistered gas fitters putting families’ lives at risk

According to GAS SAFE, the gas registration body for the UK, more than a million households are put at risk by illegal gas fitters each year.By law, all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register, whose main focus is on improving and maintaining gas safety to the highest standards.  Yet in a recent study, it found that ‘illegal gas fitters installed over 186,000 gas cookers, 147,000 boilers, 75,000 gas fires, 32,000 gas meters and 645,000 gas pipe work over one year’.Oven Hob Pans boil gasThe importance of correct and safe installation and maintenance of gas appliances can’t be stressed enough as the consequences of unsafe appliances can be deadly. Carbon Monoxide, often called the invisible killer, has no smell or taste, and the most common causes of accidental exposure to it are appliances such as cookers, heaters and central heating boilers which have been incorrectly installed and/or poorly maintained.

Families at Risk

Jonathan Samuel, chief executive at Gas Safe Register, said: “Far too many people are letting unregistered gas fitters into their home and putting their families at risk. We are urging people to trust the triangle. Look for the Gas Safe Register triangle on you gas engineer’s ID card - thousands of people already do - and make sure you’re getting your gas appliances checked every year.”At Northern Energy, we offer an LPG boiler service and take the hassle out of you trying to find someone you can trust.  All of our engineers are fully qualified and registered with Gas Safe, and will service your boiler, ensuring it runs to its maximum efficiency.  Regular maintenance will keep your boiler in prime condition whilst protecting the safety of you and your family.For more information on our LPG boiler servicing, click here or call us on 01423 772 789.