Staying safe in your home - gas safety

September 19, 2016Tags: Landlords | tenants | legislation | Safety

Gas safety is important all year round, but Gas Safety Week (19th - 25th September 2016) - coordinated by Gas Safe Register - is a time for us to really focus on gas safety. 

GasPoorly installed or maintained gas appliances, pipes and flues can put you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions. Following the tips below can help you keep your house safe.

Top tips for gas safety

  1. Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit and maintain your appliances. You can find an engineer at
  2. Check your engineer's Gas Safe Register ID card. Check the back of the card to make sure they are registered for the work you have requested.
  3. Have your gas appliances checked every year. 
  4. Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning - headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of conciousness.
  5. Check gas appliances for warning signs of faults. Key signs to look for are lazy yellow flames (instead of crisp blue ones), black marks around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
  6. Fit a carbon monoxide alarm.

Advice for landlords

Gas Safety Regulations

Legislation states that every let must have a Gas Safety Record carried out by a qualified Gas Safe Register engineer. This must be in place before your tenants move in to the property and then checked every 12 months. Your Move can arrange these checks for you.

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Legislation also dictates rules for landlords regarding smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. All rented properties must have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance.

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Advice for tenants

Be sure to follow the appliance safety rules above in your home.

If you notice any problems or faults with gas appliances provided by the landlord then report them immediately to whoever manages the maintenance of the property – that might be a letting agent or the landlord themselves.

Make sure you know where the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are and check these regularly. If these aren't in place your landlord must supply them. 

Ms Lily 39 Sherwood Park Road. @ 2016-09-22 20:14

My landlord is refusing with the Gas certificate. I have mentioned this to Your Move, but nothing has been done. Its now almost 3 months since someone was sent by the landlord to check that everything was ok.

Gas Certificate - 39 Sherwood Park Road Your Move @ 2016-09-23 10:52

Hi Lily. I think there may be some confusion here. We have the Gas Certificate for your property. Our Sutton branch will be in contact today to send you a copy.