Gas Safety Week ran from 15th to 21st September 2014 and is an annual event designed to raise awareness of gas safety and how important it is to take care of gas appliances. Gas Safety Week is run by Gas Safe Register and supported by manufacturers, retailers, consumer bodies and members of the public. Across the UK, Guernsey and Isle of Man, 23 million households use gas for cooking, heating and hot water. Yet it’s wrong to assume our gas appliances are safe – poorly serviced or badly fitted appliances could cause carbon monoxide poisoning, fires, leaks and explosions.
The Gas Safe Register estimates that around 75,000 gas fitters are operating illegally in the UK. Almost 50% of people in the UK don’t bother to have their gas appliances safety checked on an annual basis. Gas Safety Week works with local and national media to raise awareness and ensure that more people get their appliances regularly checked – 10% of people in the UK never have their boiler, cooker or other gas appliances serviced.
When you do organise a service for your appliances, you should always use an engineer on the Gas Safe Register, as checks are carried out to ensure these engineers are qualified to work with gas.
Have you suffered carbon monoxide poisoning?
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be incredibly dangerous – there’s a reason it’s known as ‘the silent killer’. It’s responsible for around 200 hospital admissions and 40 deaths a year in the UK. It’s a colourless, odourless, tasteless gas so can be hard to detect. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include
- Stomach pain
- Shortness of breath
The gas enters the bloodstream and mixes with haemoglobin to prevent blood from being able to carry oxygen around the body. A leak can be caused by poorly installed, ventilated or maintained appliances.
Claiming compensation – what happens now?
If you have been the victim of a negligent gas engineer and have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning, call Accident Advice Helpline. We’re here to help and it’s free to call our helpline. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers offer confidential, no-obligation advice, and because we’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, you know you can trust us to handle your claim for compensation professionally. Whether you or someone you know has been affected, call us today to speak to a member of the team.