It’s Gas Safety Week, so we’re partnering with the energy company SSE to share 5 simple tips to help you and your family stay safe at home. SSE is one of the UK’s leading energy companies, supplying energy, broadband and boiler care to around 8 million customers throughout Great Britain and Ireland. If you’re anything like me, you are probably thinking about your appliances more at this time of year, as the weather takes a turn for the colder. Shall I turn the heating on or can I get away with another layer? Of course, we use gas all year round and you probably do too: there’s the hob and the hot water for starters. Come the winter though and the boiler is starting to work harder to provide heating as well as hot water, and you might turn on the gas fire to provide some extra warmth or make the place feel more cosy.
So what are the seven easy tips to follow to keep you and your family safe around gas appliances?
- Do you know the 6 signs of CO poisoning? They are headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. CO poisoning can be avoided by keeping flues clear and fitting a CO detector.
- Get the number to call if you smell gas – you can call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999. Put the number in your phone or put it somewhere you can find it if you need it (maybe near your boiler in a prominent position).
- Check your CO alarm regularly. Do it at the same time as you do your smoke alarms maybe and set a monthly reminder in your phone.
- Get your boiler serviced regularly.
- Never use a gas engineer who’s not on the list.?
For more information pop over to SSE to find out about gas safety.
Disclosure: This post is in association with SSE.