Westminster City Council has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (16th-22nd September 2019).
The ninth annual Gas Safety Week sees organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Every year in-flat boilers, gas appliances and in-flat smoke detectors need to be checked and re-certified, and it’s our job to ensure this happens for all 12,000 (approx.) of our tenanted properties. We are also responsible for ensuring responsive repairs are carried out swiftly and safely, and that boilers are replaced when their lifecycle is up – all to ensure heating and hot water is maintained.
We are now officially Gas Safe registered, meaning that our own engineers are qualified to carry out gas safety checks, so we don’t need to rely on external contractors. This helps us maintain our 100% compliance rate for annual gas checks to tenanted properties keeping our tenants safe year-round.
Cllr Andrew Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:
“Keeping residents safe and comfortable in their homes is our number one priority and maintaining 100% compliancy with gas safety is just one way we do this.
“As well as becoming Gas Safe registered since taking over housing services management from CityWest Homes, we have also introduced new technology to ensure gas safety compliancy in our properties. By installing tags on boilers which use the same technology as contactless payment we can now automatically receive information relating to maintenance and safety checks.
“This enables us to continue to be proactive in our approach to gas safety.”
Jonathan Samuel, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said:
“Unsafe gas appliances can be fatal, and not being aware of these dangers can cause you and your family harm. This Gas Safety Week we have the support of Westminster City Council 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.”
To keep you and your family safe, follow Gas Safe Register’s top tips:
- 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, always seek the help of a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer who can work on your gas cooker, boiler or fire in a safe way.
- ‘Don’t cut corners’ and always ask to see your engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. Make sure you check the back of the card, which will state which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.
- If we get in touch to arrange a gas safety check in your home, please be proactive in helping us, so we can continue to ensure your safety.
Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers. You can find a registered engineer in your area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website (opens new window) or by calling on 0800 408 5500.