TrustMark praises the return of Gas Safety week
Sep 19, 2016, 10:38 AM
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Today we see the return of Gas Safety week, a national campaign driving awareness of Gas safety measures to reduce injuries and deaths caused by faulty gas equipment. The campaign is running from 19-25th September and sees the sixth consecutive year of raising awareness of gas safety and driving home safety.
TrustMark is proud to support the campaign, and strongly encourages all homeowners to regularly check their appliances and heating systems. Poisoning from Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer affecting roughly 200 people every year in the UK. Carbon Monoxide can be caused when an appliance isn’t fitted properly, or isn’t well maintained. As it often goes undetected, many people don’t realise there is a leak until it’s too late. Accidents of this nature are also reportedly on the rise, with a 10% increase in incidents this year compared to last.
We are calling on all households to carry out regular checks and servicing of appliances, by a reputable, registered engineer who is thoroughly qualified to carry out the work. Don’t be afraid to ask to see evidence of their qualifications and check to see their Gas ID card. And remember, all Gas engineers MUST be registered with Gas Safe Register!
There are however other steps you can take yourself to ensure you are doing everything in your power to protect your home and its inhabitants, such as installing a Carbon Monoxide alarm which will spring into action if there’s a leak. You can pick these up at a relatively small fee from a number of shops. The BlueWatch website is a great place to pick one up, with the added benefit that they are part of the Chief Fire Officers Association.
We have over 1000 Gas engineers listed on our website since launching a pilot scheme in April 2016, looking to increase consumer and contractor protection for themselves and their customers. All TrustMark registered Gas engineers are also registered with Gas Safe Register, but come with the comfort of coming under the TrustMark scheme which gives firms and their customers a number of other benefits, all of which can be found on our website.
If you are looking for a Gas Safe Registered engineer, you can find one in your area via the TrustMark website: www.trustmark.org.uk
Alternatively, if you yourself are a Gas Engineer looking for increased protection for yourself and your customers, you can find out more about TrustMark’s one year pilot scheme here: https://www.trustmarkoptin.org/