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The following information is provided as a guide only. It's purpose is to raise your awareness to gas safety. No liability will be accepted by this website for inaccuracy, error or advice contain herein. You are advised to seek legal or expert confirmation wherever necessary.

  1. I have not seen a copy of any safety check record - what should I do?
  2. I have asked to see a copy of the safety check record, but the landlord has failed to provide this - what should I do?
  3. Can my flue be installed facing the house next door?
  4. How do I find a CORGI registered installer?
  5. How do I check if the installer is CORGI registered?
  6. What is the responsibility of letting/estate agents?
  7. Do I need an annual safety check for a fire/cooker under 1 year old (under guarantee)?
  8. WHAT IF AN APPLIANCE FAILS THE SAFETY CHECK?
  9. WHAT ACTION DO I TAKE IN THE EVENT OF A GAS ESCAPE?
  10. WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T MAINTAIN MY TENANTS' GAS APPLIANCES?
  11. Are there any signs or tips that will help me stay safe?

Q. I have not seen a copy of any safety check record - what should I do?

A. Ask to see a copy of the safety check record, the landlord must show this to you by law. Ensure the safety checks have been carried out by a CORGI registered installer.

Alternatively, you may write to your landlord requesting sight of the safety check record.

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Q. I have asked to see a copy of the safety check record, but the landlord has failed to provide this - what should I do?

A. Call the HSE CO Gas safety advice line: 0800 300363 for further advice.

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Q. Can my flue be installed facing the house next door?

A. The regulations prohibit the installation of a flue that is not placed in a position allowing safe dispersal of the combustion gases. It should be installed in a position that prevents anyone from coming into contact with the combustion gases.

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Q. How do I check if the installer is CORGI registered?

A. They should be able to provide you with a current CORGI registration certificate, or a CORGI ID card. This contains relevant details of the installer, including their CORGI registration number and the sort of work they are competent to carry out, but if you are in doubt you can always check by phoning CORGI on 01256 372300.

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Q. What is the responsibility of letting/estate agents?

A. There needs to be a contract between the landlord and the agent clearly specifying safety checks and maintenance duties are met and records kept.

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Q. Do I need an annual safety check for a fire/cooker under 1 year old (under guarantee)?

A. No, however, the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 require appliances to be maintained in a safe condition whatever their age. They also place duties on gas installers to ensure that any gas appliance is installed so that it does not constitute a danger to any person. Similarly, they must ensure that the flue serving the appliance is suitable and safe.

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Q. WHAT IF AN APPLIANCE FAILS THE SAFETY CHECK?

A. The safety check record will contain details of any defect identified and remedial action taken. You must ensure that any safety defect is rectified (by a CORGI-registered gas installer) before the equipment is used again. It is an offence to use, or allow the use, of a gas appliance you know to be unsafe, In no circumstances should you reconnect an appliance that you have been told is unsafe, which has either been isolated or disconnected for safety reasons, until the fault has been rectified.

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Q. WHAT ACTION DO I TAKE IN THE EVENT OF A GAS ESCAPE?

A. If you smell gas, or suspect there is a gas escape, you should immediately shut off the gas supply and contact the

Gas Emergency Freephone Number 0800 111 999

If you provide liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for use by a tenant in premises other than a building, e.g. a caravan or holiday home park, you must discuss emergency arrangements with your LPG supplier and agree what action to take in case of a gas escape or emission of carbon monoxide from any LPG appliance.

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Q. WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T MAINTAIN MY TENANTS' GAS APPLIANCES?

A. Failure to do so may result in loss of life. Not only that, you risk being prosecuted, and this could result in you facing a maximum penalty of 5000 for each offence. If this case is then referred to the Crown Court the maximum penalty may be an unlimited fine and possibility of imprisonment.

If you need further advice about any of the gas safety issues mentioned here, ring the HSE Gas Safety Advice Line 0800 300 363.

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Q. Are there any signs or tips that will help me stay safe?

A. Yes - Tips on Gas Appliances
  • Never use a gas appliance if you think it does not work correctly.
  • Look for yellow or orange flames, soot or stains around the appliance, and pilot light which continually blow out.
  • Never cover an appliance or block the air vents.
  • Never block or obstruct any fixed ventilation grills or air bricks.
  • Never install draft exclusion or double glazing windows to a room with a gas appliance in it without providing suitable alternative ventilation.
  • Never block or cover outside flues.

 

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