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13 September 2021

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is helping you stay Gas Safe this Gas Safety Week 2021

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has pledged its support for National Gas Safety Week (13 - 19 September 2021) and will be raising awareness about the importance of gas safety.

Various organisations from across the UK are 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 for gas users across the country - from advice about how to stay gas safe, to raising awareness of using a registered engineer who is legally qualified, to ensure consumers don’t suffer from the effects of illegal gas work through lack of awareness.

Craig Drinkald, Head of Community Safety at Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said:

“We all know that in the right hands gas is safe, but poorly fitted and badly maintained gas appliances or equipment can put you at risk of gas leaks, fires, explosions, and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is a highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly with no warning, as you cannot see it, taste it, or smell it.

“With the colder weather approaching, many people will naturally be using their gas appliances more than ever over the coming months. It’s important that all gas appliances are safety checked at least once a year to prevent any tragic incidents.’’

To keep you and your family safe, follow Cumbria FRS’s top safety 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: www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk  

You can request a FREE safe and well visit from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service to make sure your home is safe from Carbon Monoxide and to get advice on making your home as protected as possible from fire risk.

You can find out more information here: www.cumbria.gov.uk/safeandwell


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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has pledged its support for National Gas Safety Week (13 – 19 September 2021) and will be raising awareness about the importance of gas safety.