Are you as 'gas safe' in your London home as you could be?
We're all accustomed to using gas appliances in our day-to-day lives – for essential functions ranging from heating to cooking – but are you also aware of the dangers that gas can pose? Even more importantly, do you know how to react if such dangers arise?
For the benefit of everyone using or considering using our services, here are a few handy gas safety tips from our Guildford, Reigate and Purley plumbers.
Do you suspect a gas leak?
If you're reading this because you think a gas leak has occurred in your property or you can smell gas, you should immediately leave the house and call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999. Don’t use your mobile phone while in the house – do it outside, well away from the leak.
Be alert to the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas produced as a result of the incomplete burning of natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). This can occur in various circumstances – for example, if a gas appliance has been incorrectly fitted, badly repaired or inadequately maintained, or in the event of flues, chimneys or vents being blocked.
Carbon monoxide poisoning isn't just potentially fatal – it can also be especially dangerous because it can't be seen, tasted or smelled.
So, if you experience the classic signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – such as headaches, dizziness, nausea or breathlessness – and these symptoms have no other obvious cause and disappear when you leave the house, you need to take swift action. Turn off your gas appliances, open doors and windows, get fresh air and immediately see your doctor or go to hospital.
If you think there is immediate danger, you should also call the aforementioned helpline.
Have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted
These alarms can be easily fitted to the wall – preferably in your bedroom – and will sound if carbon monoxide levels in the room begin to rise above the normal level.
If the alarm does, indeed sound, you should immediately call an engineer and leave the property.
Get your appliances serviced once a year
This is where our Surbiton, Lewisham and Purley plumbers – and for that matter, those in other parts of the capital – come in!
You should arrange for a Gas Safe registered engineer to service your gas appliances at least once a year. Bear in mind that only businesses that are on the Gas Safe Register, such as PGS Plumbers, are legally permitted to carry out gas work.
Call 0203 674 1686 today, and we'll be pleased to provide you with free advice, as well as a competitive quote for any gas appliance installation, repair or maintenance work in your home.
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