Everything You Need to Know About Gas Safety
A gas safety check is one of the most important things to undergo in your household or business premises. We will be taking a look at why the checks are so critical and also provide an insight into what a gas safety check will involve.
A gas safety check should be done every year on each gas appliance/flue you have. And if you are about to start a new lease, ensure these checks have been completed within one year before the start of the lease date. Always make sure that you only ever have professional gas checks completed on your property, that means to only hire the service of a gas safe registered engineer.
If you’re a landlord it is the law to have a gas safety check completed on your property every year. Remember that this needs to be completed on all gas appliances and installations in each of your properties. This is a requirement of the Gas Safety Regulations 1998. However, an appliance like a cooker, that is owned by the tenant is not the responsibility of the landlord, from a legal perspective.
In the UK, if you plan on renting out your property, you are required by law to obtain a valid gas safety certificate. Some engineers may provide a certificate after the completion of the check, regardless of if you require one for this reason, this document is called a Gas Safety Record.
Tips for Being Prepared for a Gas Safety Check
Clear all areas surrounding any gas appliances/flues.
Turn off the boiler two hours before the inspection.
Create an inventory of all present gas appliances which may help to speed up the process.
Note any issues you have already spotted so the engineer can work on a solution upon arrival.
Have the appliance manufacturer's instructions to hand, this could help solve issues even quicker.
Everyone must have their gas appliances regularly checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer. It is a simple and straightforward process but essential nevertheless. These checks could be the difference to something important being picked up and resolved, to something being missed, which could lead to dangerous situations for those who use the building.
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