News | Published on 18th Sep 2017

HHIC supports Gas Safety Week

This week, the Heating and Hot Water Industry Council (HHIC) is supporting the seventh annual Gas Safety Week and reinforcing its core message; there needs to be more awareness surrounding the issue of gas safety.

As such, we are urging consumers to ensure that all appliances are fitted by a gas safe registered engineer – something which can easily be checked online through the gas safe register, or in person by checking their ID card.

Further, given that the private rented sector currently comprises 17% of the population (around 10 million people) and is the fastest growing tenure type, it is vital that landlords ensure all gas appliances are serviced and safety checked every year, providing a gas safety record to tenants on request. By empowering themselves with a knowledge regarding gas safety, householders can protect themselves against complications that can arise from having unsafe gas appliances, such as the silent killer – Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Stewart Clements, Director of HHIC said:

‘Awareness of gas safety is absolutely vital. Not only can unsafe installations pose a health risk, but £100 million each year is wasted rectifying illegal jobs, 1 in 5 of these jobs had to be disconnected immediately to make them safe.’

‘It’s important that organisations work together in order to raise awareness of the health dangers that incorrectly installed gas appliances pose – from gas leaks, to explosions to C0 poisoning, such appliances can prove dangerous if not installed correctly and checked annually by a gas safe registered engineer.’

More information on Gas Safety Week 2017 can be found here.