A gas safety check differs from a gas service. It is primarily designed to inspect any gas appliance, including water heaters, stoves and fireplaces (permanent or portable) to ensure that they work properly and safely. A registered gas safety engineer MUST perform a gas safety check.
What is included in an annual gas safety check?
Unlike a gas service that includes a deeper inspection of gas appliances, pipes, ventilation ducts, and smoke ducts, a gas safety check is designed to verify the following:
The device works at the correct operating pressure.
There is sufficient air supply to the device and it burns well.
That the chimneys and chimneys are free and ensure that the appliance can safely emit gases and vapors outside.
That all device safety devices, such as cutting devices, work correctly.
If your gas appliances are not regularly inspected, harmful gases such as carbon monoxide can be produced in your home. View more information about carbon monoxide poisoning here.
Who must have a gas safety check?
Every house with gas appliances must be checked annually by a registered gas safety engineer. It should be noted that a gas safety inspection is NOT an alternative to a service and that devices must also be checked annually to ensure that they work efficiently and safely. If you have an annual service, this includes an annual security check so you don’t have to do both.
Certain households may be entitled to free safety measures for gas, in particular those in which the elderly or very young people live on the property. If you are a homeowner with proven benefits, it is worth contacting your energy supplier to find out if it is available.
Gas safety checks for UK Landlords
Private homeowners, housing associations, B&B owners, vacation homes, schools, schools, hotels, hostels and local authorities are responsible for the safety of devices.
If you are a landlord, the law requires that you perform an annual gas safety check for all gas appliances on your rental properties and prove this to your tenants in the form of a gas safety certificate from the landlord. Your technician will provide it and provide you with proof that the artifacts have been inspected by a registered gas safety engineer.
Please note that as the owner you are solely responsible for the gas safety checks on the appliances, pipes and flue ducts that you have supplied. If a renter supplies his own gas appliance, you are not responsible for the safety verification of this BUT you may be responsible for checking the pipes and the chimney.
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