West Norfolk Council has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week that is happening until Sunday in a bid to raise awareness of safety issues.
This fifth annual Gas Safety Week will see organisations across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
In the last year, at least 68,000 homes in the UK escaped deadly gas incidents such as these, by engineers switching off dangerous appliances.
Nearly one in two of these incidents were caused because a gas appliance had not been regularly serviced and had been left in a poor state.
With 20 deaths and 1,000 gas-related injuries in the last three years, it’s vital that people make sure their gas appliances are safety checked every year by a registered engineer. Anyone working on gas appliances while not being Gas Safe registered, is working illegally.
Adrian Lawrence, Borough Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Community said: “Now is the ideal time to remind people check their appliances have been serviced.
“They may not have been in use over the summer, so checking them now and booking a service or safety check before turning them back on for the winter makes good sense. We are pleased to be able to support this national campaign and will be putting information on our website, posters up in our offices and tweeting some useful reminders.”
Jonathan Samuel, managing director for Gas Safe Register, said: “We know from our own investigations that one in six gas appliances in the UK are unsafe, meaning far too many people are victims of preventable gas related incidents.
“It’s great to have the support of the coucnil this Gas Safety Week so that we can work together to raise public awareness of gas safety and reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances lurking in the homes of the UK’s 23 million gas consumers.”
Twenty people died from gas-related incidents in the UK in the last three years and 961 non-fatalities reported.
The Gas Safe Register replaced the CORGI gas registration scheme in 2009.