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Gas Safety Week  
18-24th September 2017 
 
In support of Gas Safety Week, we are giving away free co alarms with every boiler service* when you present a copy of our advertisement in the Autumn Edition of the Riverside Hub Magazine to our engineers.  
 
We aim to raise awareness of gas safety issues and emphasize the importance of having an annual service and gas safety check carried out by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer. 
 
Gas Safety Week aims to encourage people from Northamptonshire to get their gas appliances checked at least once a year. Poorly maintained gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. 
 
By law only Gas Safe registered engineers can work on appliances. An estimated 5m UK households put themselves at risk by employing illegal fitters who aren't qualified to do the gas work.** It's therefore vital you make sure your engineer is registered with Gas Safe. 
 
Trust the Triangle, always ask to see an engineer's Gas Safe ID card, check to make sure the engineer is qualified to check or fit the appliance in question. 
 
If you smell gas or think there might be a leak call the free 24 hour national gas emergency number on 0800 111 999 
 
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1 in 6 gas appliances gas appliances in the UK are unsafe.*** Unsafe gas appliances are putting peoples lives at risk. By working together we can raise further awareness of gas safety, to help reduce the number of dangerous appliances that could be lurking in people's homes. 
 
Know the signs of unsafe gas appliances: 
Lazy yellow flame instead of crisp blue flame, soot or staining on or around appliance, excess condensation in the room 
Know the symptoms of CO poisoning, 
the 'Silent Killer' has no taste, smell or colour: 
Headaches 
Dizziness 
Nausea 
Breathlessness 
Collapse loss of consciousness, which can easily be mistaken for something else 

 6 Top Tips 

1. Don't delay your boiler service 
Potential breakdowns can often be spotted during an annual gas safety check and could prevent your boiler from breaking down. Doing this annually will also ensure your family's safety. 
 
2. Use a Gas Safe registered business or engineer 
The Gas Safe Register is there to protect the public from unsafe gas work. It makes sure the engineer is qualified, check the engineers ID card on arrival. The back of the card should list the engineers areas of competence such as Gas Boiler, Gas Fire etc. 
 
3. Seek advice from a reputable source 
If you are unsure of anything request a visit from an engineer to show you how to top up pressure bleed radiators etc. 
 
4. Install a carbon monoxide alarm 
You cannot see it, taste it or smell it- therefore without an alarm you put yourself at risk of becoming a victim of 'the silent killer' 
 
5. Know the symptoms 
Headaches, nausea, sickness, dizziness, tiredness, confusion, stomach pain breathlessness and difficulty breathing are all signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. 
 
6. If you do have an unexpected breakdown 
Call us on 01604 670549 , as a local company we are often able to respond quicker in emergency situations. 

How to check a Gas Safe Registered Engineer's ID Card 

Check the front and back of their card, if they do not show you their card when they turn up do not be afraid to ask to see it. 
 
Check the front of the card for: 
The photo 
The start date and expiry date 
The license number 
The security hologram 
The engineer is from the business you employed 
 
Check the back of the card for: 
Whether the engineer is qualified to do the gas work you want done e.g. cooker, boiler 
The qualifications are up to date. 
 
You can also check with the Gas Safe Register by calling 0800 408 55 00, or you can check on-line or by texting Gas and then the engineer license number to 85080 - your provider may charge a standard network charge to use this service. 

Never DIY with gas 

"Mistakes are expensive and could cost you your life." 
 
According to Gas Safe a shocking 1 in 3 people would consider doing gas work themselves to save money! If appliances are badly fitted they could cause explosions, fires, gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning. It is important to use a Gas Safe Registered engineer at all times when it involves gas! 

The benefits of taking care of your boiler 

Regular checks on your boiler can have a significant impact on the performance of the boiler. With warranties on many of the boilers, the importance of an annual service is now greatly increased. Not only does it give added assurance of safety and reliability but it also helps to reduce costs, as periodic part replacement takes place rather than the cost of break-downs. In addition to this it can also lower the homeowners energy bills. 
 
*Offer only available when presenting a copy of our offer in the Hub Magazine, Autumn Edition 2017, offer limited to 1 CO alarm per household until the end of October 2017 and is only available to customers in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire & Milton keynes 
**Data taken from online survey carried out with 2000 UK adults by Opinium Research from 24-27 January 2017 
***Gas Safe Register has inspected gas appliances in 234,593 homes across Britain for period 1 April 2010-1 April 2017. 1 in 6 (15.4 %) were identified as being unsafe. 
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