Gas Safety Week: Fighting for a Gas Safe nation

Rentr are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2016, taking place 19th – 25th September.

Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.

The sixth annual Gas Safety Week will see organisations from across the UK work together, to encourage all gas consumers to arrange an annual gas safety check. There will be a particular focus on encouraging the public to reach out to their friends and family, be they elderly parents or a disabled neighbour, to ensure they are gas safe. Poorly maintained gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. In the last year, at least 55,200 homes in the UK escaped deadly gas incidents such as these, thanks to engineers switching off dangerous appliances.

With 22 deaths and nearly 1,000 gas-related injuries in the last three years, it’s vital that people make sure their gas appliances are safety checked every year, by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Anyone working on gas appliances while not being Gas Safe registered is working illegally.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.

Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants. Landlords should make sure maintenance and annual safety checks on gas appliances are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Using the Rentr App you can book your safety checks and very easily manage your properties’ Gas Safety with our property management tab and (coming soon) new simple alerts feature.

If you’re a landlord, you are legally obliged to ensure:

  • Pipe-work, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition.

  • All appliances and flues provided for tenants use have an annual safety check. Check your alerts and notifications settings in the Rentr app so you don’t forget.

  • Maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by an engineer registered with Gas Safe Register.

  • All gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting.

  • A Gas Safety Record is provided to the tenant within 28 days of completing the check or to any new tenant before they move in.  Send this to your tenant using the Rentr App (coming soon!)

  • You keep a copy of the Gas Safety Record for two years.

Tenants – be diligent too!

By keeping an eye out for warning signs you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Contact your landlord immediately, by using the Rentr App, if you are concerned in order to keep you and your family safe. If your landlord sends an engineer out, before any gas work is carried out always check the engineers ID card and make sure the engineer is qualified.

For more information and to find and check an engineer go to www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.

To download the Rentr app follow the links to the app stores on our website here.

By | 2017-03-13T09:35:12+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Info, Landlord, Management, Responsibilties|0 Comments

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