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Getting Ready for Gas Safety Week

Getting Ready for Gas Safety Week

17th August 2018

The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) is supporting Gas Safe Register’s upcoming Gas Safety Week which will run from 17th – 23rd September on the theme of Family Matters.

Gas Safety Week is an annual reminder for the public to protect themselves and their loved ones against the risks related to unsafe gas work. This year’s Gas Safety Week will focus on raising awareness of the importance of protecting your family by having  gas appliances checked annually by a legally Gas Safe Registered Engineer, and making sure landlords are aware of and meet their gas safety obligations. Each day will emphasise a different aspect of gas safety under the theme of Family Matters, raising awareness of how people can keep their relatives and wider community safe in their homes.

The week offers a fantastic opportunity for people get involved and learn more about gas safety. Gas Safe Register has released a toolkit for anybody wishing to pledge support for their work. Once you register your support you will receive articles, social media updates, images, web banners, the Gas Safety Week logo, puzzles for children and PDFs of the leaflet and poster to use for promoting gas safety. Gas Safe Register’s children’s competition provides a way for the engineers of the future to also join in with the fun, giving those aged between 5 and 11 the opportunity to design a badge depicting gas safety or Gas Safety Week. Two winners will be selected and their designs turned into a badge to celebrate their part in raising awareness of the importance of protecting yourself against gas risks. To find out more about the many ways that you can get involved this Gas Safety Week, visit Gas Safe Register’s website.

If gas work is not properly carried out and appliances are not maintained there is a risk of gas leaks, fires and explosions, and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Research has also found that the elderly and young children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of CO exposure[1]. It is therefore critical to raise awareness so the public know the importance of and how they can keep their family safe. You can find more information on how CO impacts the vulnerable in our communities, and ways to better protect them from the NHS website here.

[1] CO Be Alarmed!