If you are considering installing a new boiler or gas appliance and don’t know where to start, the first thing we can suggest is to call a gas safe engineer.If an engineer is ‘gas safe’ it means they have been fully checked to ensure they are competent and qualified to work safely and legally with gas.Using a gas safe engineer to carry out any gas work within your household is essential for your health and safety. Badly services appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Unfortunately for two teenagers in Ireland, they fell victim to the ‘silent killer’ gas due to an engineer’s lack of care and attention read the full story on rural energy news.
The silent killer
Carbon monoxide is named the silent killer as there is no indication of when it is present, it’s a tasteless, colourless and odourless gas that can cause symptoms such as drowsiness, nausea and breathlessness. When inhaled, Carbon monoxide enters the blood stream and prevents red blood cells from carrying oxygen to vital organs. High exposure to the gas will result in death.As well as having your annual boiler service it is also beneficial to install a carbon monoxide alarm which will alert you if any carbon monoxide is in the air. If your property is rented, it is your landlord’s responsibility to ensure your property’s boiler is property maintained and serviced.You can identify gas safe engineers by their ID badge which contains their unique licence number, which shows the type of gas work they are qualified to do.To find a gas safe engineer in your area visit the Gas Safe Register website.