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INFORMATION FOR TENANTS

Sunday 19th November 2017

How you can stay gas safe in your rented accommodation. Faulty gas appliances and gas pipework, poor gas fittings and blocked chimneys/flues can be life-threatening - so it's important for your landlord to arrange annual gas safety checks to ensure appliances are safe and fit for use. The checks can include: Ensuring that products of combustion (fumes) are being safely removed outside via the flue or chimney; Ensuring an appliance is burning the gas properly, and that there is an adequate supply of fresh air in order for it to do so; Ensuring all safety devices are working properly and shutting an appliance off should a fault occur. It's in your best interests to let a Gas Safe registered engineer in if they visit your…

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Winters on it’s way

Friday 22nd September 2017

Remember as the weather starts to get colder - don't be tempted to block up the vents to retain heat!

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TOP TIPS TO STAY SAFE

Friday 22nd September 2017

Six simple steps to help keep you safe and warm in your home Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances. You can check the Gas Man Services at GasSafeRegister.co.uk and entering 523703 Always Check both sides of your engineer's Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card. Have all your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year. If you rent your home ask for a copy of the landlord's current Gas Safety Record. Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning - headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Unsafe gas appliances…

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"Counterfeit spare parts can have “quality, safety and legal implications” for installers."

Monday 29th May 2017

I thought I would share this with you all buying cheap parts on the internet could end up costing you more in the long run. The sale and use of counterfeit spare parts is currently a hot topic for the heating sector with industry experts increasingly fearful of the consequences of installers using unapproved, non-genuine spares on a gas appliance. David Willetts - General Manager of Baxi Genuine Parts - explains how they can have far-reaching quality, safety and legal implications for installers. When customers demand value for money, it's hard to find ways to make quotes more cost-effective for them to secure the business. One way that some choose to do this is to use non-genuine parts when carrying out repairs,…

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Electrical safety outdoors

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Although electricity makes gardening much easier, wet conditions and contact with the ground means that the risk of injury or death from electric shock is much greater than the risk from using electrical equipment indoors. Electricity and water don't mix, so whether it's pouring from the heavens or there's still dew on the ground, don't use electrical equipment outdoors until it is dry. By following our simple safety rules every time you work in the garden, you can easily avoid a serious accident. Top tips to help you stay safe 1. Use a Residual Current Device (RCD) with all outdoor electrical equipment. If you don't have one built into your fusebox, you should use a plug-in RCD 2. Switch off and unplug electrical items before…

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Using cheap parts found on auction sites

Friday 5th May 2017

I cannot take credit for the original post but I felt it was worth Sharing the original post was by Harpers Heating & Plumbing Ltd they believe that using cheap parts could end up costing you dear, here at gas man services we feel exactly the same way. Passed any dud £1 coins recently? Nowadays it's almost impossible not to. According to the Royal Mint, at least one in 30 is counterfeit, which is why they're introducing the new, hard-to-fake, 12 sided £1 coin to make forgers' lives more difficult. If a fake coin passes muster, why should you worry, you might be thinking? Well, there's the public embarrassment of having it rejected at the cash desk, and the…

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BBQ SAFETY

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Well summer's almost here, but as I look out of the window and see the rain cascading down, and reach to the room thermostat to put the heating on, it feels like it's still not close enough! Anyway, I thought I would share some ways to stay Gas Safe during the summer months. You might think that carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is primarily a winter danger - but it's just as deadly in summer too! Not only will you continue to use gas for cooking and hot water during the summer months (as well as heating on the odd chilly night), but if you're planning a BBQ you'll want to be aware of the dangers of CO. Bringing a BBQ into an…

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5.5 MILLION BRITS ARE FAILING TO GET GAS SAFETY CHECKS

Friday 28th April 2017

I thought that I would share this information from gas safe with you all as your safety is at the forefront of why I do this job. More than 5.5 million people in the UK are putting their health and finances at risk by not getting their gas appliances safety checked every year - which according to a new survey among gas engineers costs as little as £60. In the last year there have been more than 67,000 gas emergency call outs to homes in the UK, the equivalent of 186 every day. On top of which, the gas authority - Gas Safe Register - has found dangerous gas appliances lurking in one in six of the 142,000 homes it has inspected…

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DIY ON YOUR GAS APPLIANCES THIS BANK HOLIDAY

Friday 28th April 2017

Over a quarter of householders plan DIY workGas work needs to be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer While Britons enjoy a flurry of spring Bank holidays, more than a quarter (28%) of households are planning to carry out some home improvements. Gas Safe Register is reminding people that gas work should only be carried out by Gas Safe registered engineers. Jonathan Samuel, chief executive of Gas Safe Register, said: "Bank holidays are a popular time for people to carry out home improvements, making the most of the long weekend. While most plan on picking up a paintbrush to spruce up their walls, we want to remind people that gas work should be left to the professionals. Trust the Triangle this…

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