SAFETY TIPS FOR DEALING WITH GAS SAFETY HAZARDS

Gas appliances are a common luxury nowadays. Every property has gas appliances as they make life easier and comfortable. But gas appliances do come with some safety hazards. 

To make sure that the property is free of gas hazards and the occupants are safe. Investing in gas safety certificate UK will make sure that the property is safe to occupy.

Poor maintenance of gas pipes, cylinders or appliances can cause gas leaks. Gas is highly flammable and as such the smallest flame or spark of static electricity could lead to fires or, in extreme cases, explosions.

Natural gas and LPG (liquid petroleum gas) are commonly used as fuels for heating, cooking, cutting, welding and often in the processing of products. While the majority of us will use gas in some form every day of our personal and professional lives, far too many are unaware of how dangerous it can be if not handled correctly.

The law of Gas Safety

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The importance of being Gas Safe registered

A plumber who was not Gas Safe registered, and had previously been served with a prohibition notice by HSE, persisted in carrying out illegal gas work in a shop. He was caught on CCTV doing so, was prosecuted for two breaches of health and safety law and was sentenced to two concurrent terms of six months in prison.

Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

The general duties of the Act cover work on gas fittings in factories, mines, quarries, agricultural premises, construction site huts, sewage works and gas-fitting testing premises.

In these premises, work on gas fittings must be carried out by a competent person. If any part of these premises are used as domestic, residential or sleeping accommodation, work on gas fittings must be carried out by someone on the Gas Safe Register.

Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998

These Regulations cover work on gas fittings, both natural and LPG in other premises, eg domestic properties, shops, restaurants, schools and hospitals. In these premises the work on gas fittings must be carried out by someone on the Gas Safe Register.

Here are a few safety tips from Property Contractors 247 that will make sure that the property and the occupants are not in danger.

Finding a competent Gas Safe engineer

In order to install, service or fix a gas appliance, a person must be competent. In the UK, this means that they must be on the Gas Safe Register. In some cases, they may also need to have additional qualifications to enable them to work on specific appliances or in commercial settings.

Appliances and pipework

  1. Use a competent engineer to install, maintain or repair your appliances
  2. Ensure that your gas pipework, appliances and flues are regularly maintained
  3. Don't use any appliance you know or suspect is unsafe
  4. Check that the room has adequate ventilation – don't block air inlets to prevent draughts and don't obstruct flues and chimneys

1. Developing a Culture of Safety

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It is important that occupants of the property understand the importance of gas safety.  If people do not understand the importance of safety precautions and follow the safety rules then there is no point in having safety precautions in place. 

2. Well-Maintain Gas Appliances

If you want the gas appliances to function efficiently then you need to keep them in good condition. Make sure that you schedule regular maintenance for the gas appliances so they are fit to function. 

The service should always be carried out by professionals. They will be able to identify even the smallest problem with the appliances and do the repairs before the damage becomes extensive or dangerous.

3. Never take Gas Safety Hazards Serious

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The gas hazards are dangerous and if not taken care of immediately, they can lead to serious consequences. If there is even the slightest hint of a gas leak you need to call a professional and take immediate action. 

4. Adequate Ventilation

Make sure that the property has adequate ventilation. The areas where gas appliances are should have ventilation so that the gas does not accumulate in case of a gas leak.

5. Invest in Gas Safety Equipment

To keep the property and the occupants safe from gas safety hazards you should invest in safety equipment.

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