The annual Gas Safety week is fast approaching, with just under one month until the event takes place on 15th-21st September 2014, making consumers aware of the dangers of using an unqualified gas fitter.
We need to make the general consumer aware of the risks of letting an unqualified plumber or heating engineer carry out work on any gas appliance situated on the consumer’s property. The consequences could be detrimental; millions of pounds are spent every year putting right illegal gas work that unqualified people have under taken, as well as repairs to damaged homes. This put’s families and the general public at risk as incorrect work could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning or worse an explosion. We have all seen the news stories of a house exploding due to a gas leak, the devastation this cause to not only the house but also the nearby homes and any passer-by’s.
Research shows that people aren’t aware of the accreditations plumbers and heating engineers, this is something you should check before you make any commitments, having gas work done correctly and safely should be your optimum concern. One in three consumers will trust a recommended tradesman to carry out work on their property based on recommendation alone. Carbon Monoxide poisoning results in around 40 accidental deaths per year and around 4000 people attend A & E with some form of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Gas Safe Register estimates that there is around 7,500 illegal gas fitters operating in the UK, these fitters aren’t qualified to work on any gas pipes or gas appliances. This results in around 250,000 illegal jobs carried out around the UK each year, always ask the plumber or heating engineer for their accreditations.
Plumbers and Heating engineers spend thousands of pounds per year making sure they have the correct qualification and accreditations to carry out work on gas, keeping them up to date on the modern systems and how to safely work with this potential lethal gas.
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