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Hamilton Gas Products pledges its support for Gas Safety Week 2017

15 September 2017 15:35:00 BST Posted in News Events By HGP

Hamilton Gas Products has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (18-24 September 2017) to raise awareness of gas safety and urge the public to keep themselves safe from dangerous gas appliances.

The seventh annual Gas Safety Week will see organisations from across the UK work together, to encourage all gas consumers to make sure they have their gas appliances are checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer and protect against the dangers of unsafe gas appliances, such as fires, leaks, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

With 21 deaths and over 800 gas-related injuries in the last three years*, it’s crucial that people have their appliances checked each year to be assured they are working safely and efficiently. People should also Trust the Triangle and check that their engineer is Gas Safe registered. Anyone working on gas appliances while not being registered is working illegally.

Alastair Hamilton, CEO of Hamilton Gas Products said: “Gas safety is a very important matter that unfortunately lots of people seem to ignore. It truly is a matter of life and death and everyone should be aware of the dangers and how to avoid them.

Jonathan Samuel, managing director for Gas Safe Register, said: “It’s great to have the support of Hamilton Gas Products this Gas Safety Week. By working together we can reach more people and help to reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances that could be lurking in the homes of the UK’s 23 million gas consumers. We know from our own investigations data that one in six gas appliances in the UK are unsafe** meaning far too many people are victims of preventable gas related incidents.” 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.
  • ‘Trust the Triangle’ and 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.
Use your appliances for their intended use Are your relatives prepared for winter
Never try to fix an appliance yourself Always check the ID card
Test your CO alarm Setup a reminder
Check your chimney

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.

*21 people died from gas related incidents in the UK in the last three years and 815 non-fatalities were reported (Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/tables/#riddor (Gas Safety section) statistics 2013-16 (provisional))

**Gas Safe Register has inspected gas appliances in 234,593 homes across Great Britain for the period 1 April 2010 – 1 April 2017. One in six homes (15.4%) was identified as unsafe.

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