What is Gas Safe?
We are Gas Safe registered plumbers in Blackpool. (Once called Corgi registered plumbers). Gas Safe Register has replaced CORGI in Great Britain and the Isle of Man for all registered plumbing companies. The plumber register exists to protect you, your family, and your property from dangerous gas work.
By law, anyone carrying out work on gas installations and appliances in your home must be on the Gas Safe Register.
20 million households in Great Britain use gas to heat their homes, cook their food and provide hot water. We take it for granted that our boilers, cookers and gas fires are safe.
It is only when there is a problem with an appliance that many people take any notice of it at all.
Everyone should understand how to be gas safe in their homes
Tips for being Gas Safe
- Always use a Gas Safe registered plumber or engineer to install, repair and service your gas appliances, including your:
- gas boiler
- gas fire, gas cooker or gas hob
- central heating system, radiators or your hot water system, if they are connected to either a Natural Gas or LPG (liquefied petroleum)
- Get your appliances checked once a year, or in accordance with your manufacturer’s guidelines, by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
- Your Gas Safe registered engineer will carry out tests and checks to establish your appliances are operating safely. Where an appliance or pipework has been installed in an unsafe way, or is operating unsafely and the engineer can not rectify the situation immediately, they will follow the guidance outlined in the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP) to make the installation safe. This is the industry accepted document for guiding engineers on dealing with unsafe situations.
- Install an audible, carbon monoxide alarm. Fitting an alarm will alert you to the presence of the poisonous gas carbon monoxide, produced by unsafe gas appliances.
- If you think there might be a gas leak or notice any signs of carbon monoxide, act fast and follow the advice for gas emergencies.
Who runs Gas Safe Register?
Gas Safe Register is run by Capita Gas Registration and Ancillary Services Limited, a division of Capita Group Plc.
They make sure all 120,000 gas engineers on the register are gas safe and qualified to work with gas. Moore of Devizes are Gas Safe registered plumbers.
Gas Safe Register is the official gas registration body for Great Britain (GB) and Isle of Man, appointed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for Great Britain and HSWI for Isle of Man.
Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI as the gas registration body in GB on 1st April 2009. The HSE carried out a review of gas safety in 2006 which, after consultation with the gas industry, engineers and the public, led to the decision to change to a new gas registration scheme. The contract to run the new scheme was awarded to Capita and they launched Gas Safe Register. The sole focus of the register is on improving and maintaining gas safety to the highest standards.
Gas Safe Information
Your Gas Safe registered plumber may give you gas safety information to show your gas appliances are working safely.
After a Gas Safe registered plumber or engineer has fitted or serviced your gas appliance, they will often leave you with a report which explains what checks they did. This Safety Report may be issued as a gas safety certificate, sometimes referred to as a gas safety record depending on the job you have asked them to do. It isn’t always a legal requirement for your plumber or engineer to give you this type of information, but many Gas Safe registered plumbers and Gas Safe registered engineers will provide it or similar.
The gas safety information tells you that the gas appliance or gas fitting has been checked to see if it is working safely and meets the correct safety standards. This information may also tell you when you next need to service the appliance.
Gas Appliance Servicing
It’s important to get your appliances regularly serviced to make sure they are working efficiently and safely. You should also have a gas safety check done on all gas fittings and appliances every year.
Gas Safe Certificates
Do you live in a rented property?
Did you know that your landlord has legal responsibilities when it comes to gas safety?
If you rent a property, ask your landlord for a copy of the current Gas Safety certificate. This certificate shows that gas appliances have had an annual gas safety check by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Landlords must also maintain gas appliances, so check the date when yours were last serviced as well.
Learn about what other steps you should be taking to make sure the home you rent is gas safe.
Gas safety certificates for tenants
Tenants must get a copy of the gas safety certificate for their property from their landlord. This certificate shows that gas appliances have been safety checked and serviced every year by a registered engineer.
Landlords must be able to provide their tenants with an up-to-date Gas Safety certificate.
By law, landlords must have all gas appliances serviced regularly, normally once a year by a Gas Safe registered engineer. The Gas Safe registered engineer will provide a Gas Safety certificate upon completion of the check.
Learn about what other steps you should be taking to make sure the property you let is gas safe.
Gas safety certificates for landlords
By law, landlords must provide up-to-date gas safety certificates to their tenants. This certificate shows the tenant appliances have been serviced and the property is gas safe. Make sure you know your legal responsibilities as a landlord.
What information does the Landlords Gas Safety certificate contain?
As a minimum, the certificate of a gas safety check must contain:
- description and location of each appliance and/or flue checked
- name, registration number and signature of the engineer who carried out the check
- date on which the appliance and/or flue was checked
- the address of the property at which the appliance and/or flue is installed
- the name and address of the landlord (and the letting agent if applicable)
- any defect identified and any action required or taken to fix it
- confirmation of the results of operational safety checks carried out on the appliances
What information should the Homeowners gas safe certificates contain?
Gas Safety Checks must contain, as a minimum:
- a description of and the location of each gas appliance or gas flue checked
- the name, registration number and signature of the individual carrying out the check
- the date on which the appliance or flue was checked
- the address of the property at which the appliance or flue is installed
- the name and address of the landlord (or his agent where appropriate)
- any defect identified and any remedial action taken
- a statement confirming that the safety check completed complies with the requirements of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
Is gas safety check and a gas service the same thing?
Not quite. A service includes a thorough clean of the appliance as well as the gas safety checks.
Gas Safety Checks
For a gas safety check or a service, essential safety checks are done to make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use. These checks include;
- checking the flue or chimney to make sure the products of combustion (fumes) are being safely removed to outside
- checking there is an adequate supply of fresh air so the gas burns properly
- checking the appliance is burning the gas properly
- checking all safety devices are working properly and shutting the appliance off if a fault occurs