Gas Safety Week 2021

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Dundee City Council - Neighbourhood Services has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (13 – 19 September 2021) to raise awareness about the importance of gas safety. 

As we celebrate the 11th year of Gas Safety Week, organisations from across the UK are working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

This year, Gas Safety Week is addressing a whole range of gas safety matters for gas users across the country - from advice about how to stay gas safe, to raising awareness of using a registered engineer who is legally qualified and to ensure consumers don’t suffer from the effects of illegal gas work through lack of awareness.

Convener of Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Anne Rendall, said: “the safety of our residents is our priority and our team have adapted to ensure safe working practice during Covid-19, along with tenants, to amend our service so we could continue to carry out safety checks over the last year. I would encourage all tenants to continue to keep appointments to ensure the safety of all tenants and residents in our stock is maintained.” 

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 share important and, in some cases, lifesaving advice about gas safety. The last year or so has taught us the vital importance of helping and supporting those in our communities. Ensuring people always use a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to work on gas appliances in their homes is a great way to show how we can work together 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.
  • A tension-type headache is the most common symptom of mile carbon monoxide poisoning. 
  • The symptoms of exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide can be similar to those of food poisoning and flu.
  • 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. If you are a council tenant, and any repairs are required to your heating system, please contact Dundee City Council on 01382 434343
  • Don’t cut corners - only employ a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home.
  • 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.

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 GasSafeRegister.co.uk.

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