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Helping you stay gas safe this Gas Safety Week

We are supporting Gas Safety Week 2022, to help raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances.  

Gas Safety Week takes place 12-18 September and is coordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.  

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions, and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is a highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly with no warning, as you cannot see it, taste it, or smell it.  Therefore, it is highly important to have your gas appliances checked.

We carry out annual services on all our rented properties with a gas supply to make sure the heating and appliances are safe and working correctly and all our gas engineers are listed on the Gas Safe Register.

Customers have a legal obligation to let us in to carry out this work We will provide you with an appointment for us to access your home. If any issues are found, we will arrange for repairs or work to be carried out.

We also install carbon monoxide detectors in our properties with appliances powered by gas, oil, coal or wood. We check the detector as part of our annual service. However, you should test the battery each week.

If your detector starts beeping intermittently then you may need to have it serviced. If it beeps constantly, you may have a gas leak.

If you suspect an appliance is not working correctly, let us know. One of our engineers will visit and if necessary, carry out a gas safety check.

As a landlord we are legally obliged to:

  • Make sure gas pipework, appliances and flues in our homes are maintained in a safe condition.
  • Carry out an annual safety check and provide customers with a Gas Safety Record within 28 days - or give this record to any new tenant before they move in.
  • Keep a copy of the Gas Safety Record until two further checks have taken place.
  • Ensure all gas maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.
  • Ensure all gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting.

David Baddeley, Cottsway’s Head of Property Services, said: “Our priority is keeping homes safe for our customers. While we carry out annual checks in homes that have a gas supply, we’re supporting Gas Safety Week because it is raising awareness of some important issues around gas appliance safety that people need to be aware of. If any Cottsway customers have any concerns about gas or other safety issues, please contact us straight away.”

Jonathan Samuel, Chief Executive for Gas Safe Register, said: “This Gas Safety Week we’re delighted to have the support of Cottsway and by working together we can keep the public informed of gas safety and help reduce the risk of dangerous gas appliances across the UK, helping the whole nation to stay gas safe.”

Top tips on how to stay gas safe:

  • Know the symptoms of CO poisoning: headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
  • If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.
  • Never attempt to work on a gas appliance yourself.

For more information about gas safety, see: Gas Safe Register

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