Outside temperatures have risen in recent days — at long last, some weather that seems like summer! Now that it seems that the heating will be turned off until the autumn, it may be a good opportunity to inspect your heating system and do any necessary repairs to ensure your home is gas safe.
Did you know that having your boiler serviced once a year may help safeguard your house and family from carbon monoxide poisoning? Don’t allow any heating issues go dormant in your system during the summer; have them fixed while you’re not depending on your boiler or heating as much.
Carbon monoxide is a significant danger to homes; if left uncontrolled, it may cause gas fires, explosions, and possibly deadly poisoning.
What is the significance of gas safety?
Any gas appliances should be serviced at least once a year. Without the necessary maintenance, gas boilers, heaters, and cookers may produce a fire, explosion, or carbon monoxide poisoning.
What is carbon monoxide, and what does it do?
Carbon monoxide poisoning kills 50 individuals in the UK per year. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, and tasteless gas that is almost difficult to detect. It’s produced when a gas device does not burn fuel properly. It may kill fast if you don’t have the right detector. As a result, it is highly recommended that you instal a carbon monoxide detector near any gas appliances.
Is it possible to determine if I have a gas leak?
There are a few telltale indicators to watch for that may indicate a gas leak in your boiler.
You might be able to detect the odour of gas (or a rotten egg smell). Turn off your gas supply, open all of your windows and doors, get yourself and your family out of the house, and contact the Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999 if you suspect a gas leak. Turning switches on and off, utilising bare fires, smoking, and using cell phones are all examples of things that may create a spark. If there is a leak, all of this may result in an explosion. (Remember, carbon monoxide has no odour.)
Inspect your boiler’s flame; it should always be blue, not yellow or orange. If it isn’t blue, it isn’t effectively burning the gasoline, which may result in carbon monoxide production.
A gas leak may be indicated by black spots on or around your boiler. Any black stains or broken, rusted, or corroded piping should be examined as soon as possible by a Gas Safe certified heating expert to ensure there is no leak.
What are the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning?
You or a family member (or pet) may get ill with flu-like symptoms if there is an undiscovered carbon monoxide leak in your house. If you suspect a gas leak and are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, remove yourself and your family out of the house immediately and dial 999:
- Breathing problems
- Feeling nauseous and perplexed
- Vision is hazy
- Very fatigued
How can I keep my house safe from gas?
There are a few easy things you can do to keep your house secure against gas leaks.
To identify any leaks, make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector. Keep it near your gas appliances, and make sure it’s powered by batteries. Show everyone in your home how the alarm works and how it sounds so that everyone is aware if it goes off.
To maintain your boiler in excellent operating condition, schedule an annual boiler service with a Gas Safe certified expert.
Avoid accumulating debris or blocking the gas metre so that it may be quickly disconnected in the case of an emergency.
Keep combustible materials such as paper, cartons, and other materials away from your gas boiler.
Never attempt to relocate or repair gas lines on your own. Avoid hitting them, leaning on them, or causing them any harm, since this may result in a leak.
Elite Group Gas Safe Engineers
You can be certain that every one of our heating engineers at Elite Group is Gas Safe certified. This ensures that every Elite Group expert who visits your house is qualified and trained to do any boiler repairs in accordance with Gas Safety standards and regulations. It is critical to ensure that anybody working on your gas boiler is Gas Safe registered.