September 16, 2013 04:47 ET

Gas Safety Week Handy Hints

WALSALL, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Sept. 16, 2013) - 16-22 September 2013 marks Gas Safety Week in the UK. Throughout the week Gas Safe Register will be highlighting the importance of being gas safe in your home. Whether you're a homeowner or a tenant, it's important to ensure all of your appliances are in good working order. Our Handy Hints provide some practical tips to help keep you cooking on gas!

1. Ensure your appliances are serviced annually - Each year take the time to make sure all of your gas appliances are checked and serviced by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer. Whether it's your gas cooker, fire or boiler, it's important to get into the habit of having them checked. By doing so, any safety faults should be highlighted, meaning you can then make any necessary adjustments or repairs to your appliances.

2. Protect your family and home - If you don't already have one, consider purchasing a carbon monoxide alarm/detector. You can pick them up from DIY stores or online from as little as £12. A battery operated version does not need to be connected to your mains power so would be the easiest to install. The detectors can be placed in prominent places and will detect any carbon monoxide if it's present in your home. You must ensure that the battery is replaced when it becomes flat.

3. Do you know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Unsafe gas appliance can potentially cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

The 6 main symptoms are; headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.

Carbon monoxide symptoms can be mistaken for other health issues such as flu, food poisoning, viral infections and generally tiredness. For further information visit the Gas Safe register

4. Use a Gas Safe registered engineer - It's important that only suitably qualified and registered engineers complete any gas work on your appliances.

5. Are you a tenant? If so, check your Landlord's Gas Safety Record. By law, your landlord must keep all gas appliances supplied for you to use in the property in good condition. As a minimum these appliances must be safety checked every 12 months and a record of the check provided to the tenant or displayed in a prominent position within the building. If you haven't had a gas safety check this year, contact your landlord to arrange one for you.

HomeServe also offers insurance cover for plumbing, drains, electrical wiring and gas central heating.

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