SGN – Gas Safety Advice
SGN has pledged its support for this year’s Gas Safety Week (17-23 September 2018).
This week SGN want to raise awareness of gas safety to help reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances in homes across the UK and keep everyone and their families gas safe – far too many people in the UK are victims of preventable gas related incidents.
Gas Safety Week is also an opportunity for SGN to highlight the work they do all year round to promote gas safety. This includes warning about the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO), encouraging people to invest in and test their CO alarms and teaching people, including school children, about the symptoms of CO poisoning, and working alongside the other gas network companies, promoting the SGN locking cooker valve.
CEO John Morea said: “This Gas Safety Week we’re working with Gas Safe Register to encourage people to have their gas appliances checked every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer and to learn the symptoms of CO poisoning. It’s also a chance for us to talk about our award-winning locking cooker valve. This is a simple safety device that’s making a massive difference to some of our most vulnerable customers, such as people with Alzheimer’s or autism. What’s more, we’re offering this life-changing service for free.
“The valve is fitted to existing gas cooker pipework. When the valve is locked, the gas supply to the cooker is stopped. This eliminates the risk of the cooker being unintentionally turned on or left on. The carer or relative can easily turn the valve on when the cooker is required using the key, enabling the gas cooker to be used safely.
“Not only does the locking cooker valve help vulnerable customers retain their independence, it also provides reassurance to family, friends and carers.”
It’s crucial that people have their appliances checked each year to be assured they are working safely and efficiently. People should also check that their engineer is Gas Safe registered. Anyone working on gas appliances while not being registered is working illegally.
Stay Gas Safe at home this Gas Safety Week by following these top tips:
• Sign up to a free annual gas safety check reminder service at www.staygassafe.co.uk.
• Be aware of the signs that an unsafe gas appliance may cause such as a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame; soot or staining on or around the appliance; excess condensation in the room.
• Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO gas is known as the ‘silent killer’ as it has no smell, taste or colour. The symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness, which can easily be mistaken for something else.
• To refer someone who might benefit from our locking cooker valve, call 0800 975 1818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Always ask to see an engineer’s Gas Safe ID card and check it to make sure the engineer is qualified to check or fit the appliance in question.
To find out about dangers in your area visit www.StayGasSafe.co.uk and to find a Gas Safe registered engineer call 0800 408 5500 or visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk.
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