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  • Council supporting Gas Safety Week

    Henry James

    WEST Lancashire Borough Council is showing its support for Gas Safety Week (September 17-23) by sharing some top tips for residents highlighting the importance of gas safety.

    The eighth annual Gas Safety Week sees organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

    This year, Gas Safety Week is addressing a whole range of safety matters throughout the week - from tackling illegal gas work to reminding people to avoid DIY when it comes to gas appliances and leave it to the experts, registered engineers who are legally qualified to make sure appliances are working safely and efficiently.

    Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey, West Lancs Council’s director of housing and inclusion, said: “The council is very pleased to support Gas Safety Week. This is a very important subject and we would urge tenants and residents to follow the tips given by Gas Safe Register.

    “The council would also urge our tenants to co-operate with the authority when our staff contact you regarding doing gas safety checks in your homes so we can ensure that your home continues to be safe.”

    Jonathan Samuel, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said: “It’s great to see so many people supporting Gas Safety Week this year to help spread important and, in some cases, lifesaving advice about gas safety.


    “It’s so vital that we help people to know not to cut corners with gas and always ask a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to work on gas appliances at their home to stay gas safe.”

    To keep residents and their family safe, the council is encouraging residents to follow these Gas Safe Register top tips:

    l ·Know the symptoms of CO poisoning - headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.

    l If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.

    ·l Never attempt to work on a gas appliance yourself, always seek the help of a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer who can work on a gas cooker, boiler or fire in a safe way.

    l Don’t cut corners. Always ask to see an engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. Check the back of the card which will state which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.

    l Only employ a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home. Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers. You can find a registered engineer in your area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or by calling on 0800 408 5500.

    You can keep up-to-date with Gas Safe Register’s updates and advice throughout Gas Safety Week by following them on social media (Facebook, Twitter @GasSafeRegister and Instagram) and search #GSW18.

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