Midlands landlord whg is supporting Gas Safety Week 2018 by reminding its customers of the importance of being gas aware, after figures showed 1 in 4 households inspected in the West Midlands had unsafe gas appliances.

The eighth annual Gas Safety Week, which takes place from 17th to 23rd September, aims to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of gas appliances.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. According to the Department of Health each year there are around 50 deaths and more than 4000 medical visits caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly with no warning, as it has no taste or smell.

Nigel Harris, Director of whg’s Home Maintenance Services, said: “We take our customers' safety very seriously and carry out annual gas safety checks at all our properties that have a gas supply by a team of registered gas engineers.

“Every year, we write to our customers to let them know that a gas inspection is due. We need to gain access to the property to carry out the inspection. This only takes about an hour and a half and could help save a life.”

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 you and your family safe, follow Gas Safe Register’s top tips:

  • Know the symptoms of CO poisoning; headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
  • 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.
  • Never attempt to work on a gas appliance yourself, always seek the help of a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer who can work on your gas cooker, boiler or fire in a safe way.
  • ‘Don’t cut corners’ and always ask to see your engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. Make sure you check the back of the card, which will state which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.
  • 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.