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Walsall-based utility specialist, Echo Managed Services and Grosvenor Services Group have pledged their support for Gas Safety Week (16th-22nd September 2019.) The businesses will be conducting a variety of internal and external activities including tampered meter workshops, innovation sessions and community events to raise awareness about the importance of gas safety.
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.
This year, Gas Safety Week is addressing a whole range of gas safety matters with a focus on addressing the needs of the most vulnerable - from advice about how to keep vulnerable loved ones gas safe, to raising awareness of using a registered engineer who is legally qualified, to ensure consumers don’t become vulnerable to illegal gas work though lack of awareness.
Echo and Grosvenor have been actively engaged in the fight against energy theft for a number of years - a crime which sees people “steal” energy by tampering with their gas meter. Not only does the practice cause at least one death or injury every 10 days in the UK, but it also adds an extra £20 on to every household’s bill.
Lloyd Birkhead, managing director at Grosvenor Services, said: “Gas safety is an incredibly important issue and one which we have been campaigning around in recent years. The public needs to be made aware of the enormous risks that unsafe gas supply can cause, so initiatives like Gas Safety Week are a fantastic way to ensure the message comes across on a broad scale.”
Jonathan Samuel, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said: “It’s great to see so many people supporting Gas Safety Week this year to help spread important and, in some cases, lifesaving advice about gas safety. It’s so vital that we help people to know not to cut corners with gas and always ask a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to work on gas appliances at their home to stay gas safe.”
Keep up-to-date with Gas Safe Register’s updates and advice throughout Gas Safety Week by following @GasSafeRegister on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and search #GSW19.
To keep you and your family safe this Gas safety week, follow Gas Safe Register’s top tips:
- 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, 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 - only employ a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home.
- 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.
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 at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or by calling on 0800 408 5500.