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Gas Safety Week - 16 to 22 September 2019

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is supporting Gas Safety Week (16 to 22 September 2019) by raising awareness of the importance of having gas appliances properly checked.

The council’s housing maintenance team will be attending East Riding Leisure Haltemprice on Wednesday 18 September and East Riding Leisure Beverley on Thursday 19 September, between 8.30am and 4pm, to give advice and information.

The ninth annual Gas Safety Week sees organisations throughout the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosion and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

This year, Gas Safety Week is addressing a range of gas safety matters, with a focus on addressing the needs of the most vulnerable – from advice about how to keep vulnerable loved ones gas safe, to raising awareness of using a registered engineer who is legally qualified, to ensure consumers don’t become vulnerable to illegal gas work through lack of awareness.

Councillor Mike Stathers, East Riding of Yorkshire Council portfolio holder for enhancing communities, said:  “It is very important that people are aware of this advice, which in some cases is lifesaving.  It is vital that people know not to cut corners with gas and always ask a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to work on gas appliances at their home to stay gas safe.”

Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers.  To find a registered engineer in the local area visit the Gas Safe Register website at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or ring 0800 408 5500.

Keep up-to-date with Gas Safe Register’s updates and advice throughout Gas Safety Week by following @GasSafeRegister on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and search #GSW19.

Gas Safe Register’s top tips are:
• Know the symptoms of CO poisoning; headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.

• 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, always seek the help of a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer who can work on your gas cooker, boiler or fire in a safe way.

• 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.
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