Gas safety is an important issue – unsafe conditions and faulty fittings can lead to serious health issues and even explosions or fire. The responsibilities of the landlord – and to some extent of the tenant – are described in the UK’s Gas Safety Regulations of 1998. These regulations are there to ensure that all precautions are taken to avoid accidents and unpleasant incidents. Here is a short list of facts you should remember regarding gas safety:
Avoiding gas leaks
Gas leaks should be avoided at all costs – they are usually caused by faulty appliances or bad fittings and flues. For these reasons, the landlord has three main responsibilities:
- All installations and maintenance should either be done by or approved of a Gas Safety Engineer. It is the landlord’s responsibility to do this.
- Safety inspections should be conducted at least once every 12 months. These safety inspections should also be done by a professional as well as a gas safety engineer. There should be a clause in the contract or agreement between the landlord and the tenant to allow for these inspections.
- The landlord is required to submit a report of the safety inspection to the tenant a maximum of 12 days after the inspection. Furthermore, the landlord must keep the records for at least two years.
The dangers of gas
The dangers of gas come from two aspects – the fact that gas is highly combustible, and the fact that gas appliances can create carbon monoxide, which is a poisonous gas.
- Danger of explosion and fire. Correctly fitted gas lines and flues ensure that gas travels freely and correctly and that it is burned and used in a controllable and safe way. Ill-fitting pipes or poorly maintained appliances can lead to leaks, which in turn could lead to fire or explosions.
- Carbon Monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that can neither be seen, smelled, nor tasted. However, it is very dangerous and can easily and quickly kill. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include dizziness, nausea, headaches, and eventual loss of consciousness.
In case of emergency
It is the landlord’s responsibility to explain to the tenant what to do in case of an emergency. If you smell any gas or start feeling unwell whilst using gas appliances, it is possible that there is a leak and an emergency situation should be declared. Exactly what to do in case of emergency will greatly depend on how the gas fittings and installations are installed, and how they are used.
Gas is generally a very safe and economical way of heating your home and has many advantages as well. However, gas safety regulations should always be strictly followed, as a gas engineer London from respected firms such as www.milgas.co.uk will always tell you.