17/09/15 Carbon monoxide - act now to stop this silent killer
A badly maintained boiler can end up costing you more than an emergency call-out on a cold night - it could cost you your life.
"Gas appliances that are poorly serviced or incorrectly installed can result in gas leaks or carbon monoxide poisoning," explains Andy Tugwell, Managing Director at Hove-based TSS. According to the Gas Safety Register, the UK's official gas registration body, around 50 people are killed by carbon monoxide each year in the UK and more than 1,100 are hospitalised as a result of breathing in this deadly gas.
This week is Gas Safety Week, and the Gas Safety Register is urging all companies and households to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide and the need for regular, expert servicing of appliances. "Worryingly, the Gas Safety Register believes that there are 7,500 illegal gas fitters in the UK and that 43% of Britons don't have their appliances checked annually," says Andy. "People need to ensure their gas appliances are regularly serviced by registered engineers."
And it's not just households that need to make sure their boilers are in top condition: landlords and other businesses have a legal obligation to perform regular checks on gas appliances - or face the consequences. For example, lettings firm Rent4U in Manchester was recently fined £4,000 by the Health and Safety Executive and ordered to pay £7,000 costs after pleading guilty to two breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. There had been no inspection of the boiler at the property for seven years, and when it was inspected it was classified as being 'immediately dangerous'.
"An annual inspection not only saves lives but can improve efficiency, lower running costs - and keep your business' reputation," says Andy.
Gas Safety Week runs from 14th to 20th September. For more information go to www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk.
TSS Facilities is registered with the Gas Safety Register and carries out checks of gas appliances and heating systems across Sussex. Talk to TSS today for a free, no obligation visit on 01273 719111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.tssfacilities.co.uk