• SGN Press release

    We've pledged our support for Gas Safety Week 2017

    This week we want to raise awareness of gas safety to help reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances and keep everyone and their families gas safe.

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    Gas Safety Week is also an opportunity for us to highlight the work we do all year round to promote gas safety. This includes warning about the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO), encouraging people to invest in and test their CO alarms and teaching people, including -school children, about the symptoms of CO poisoning. And, working alongside the other gas network companies, promoting our locking cooker valve.

    CEO John Morea said: “This Gas Safety Week we’re working with Gas Safe Register to encourage people to have their gas appliances checked every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer and to learn the symptoms of CO poisoning. It’s also a chance for us to talk about our award-winning locking cooker valve. This is a simple safety device that’s making a massive difference to some of our most vulnerable customers, such as people with Alzheimer’s or autism. What’s more, we’re offering this life-changing service for free.

    “The valve is fitted to existing gas cooker pipework. When the valve is locked, the gas supply to the cooker is stopped. This eliminates the risk of the cooker being unintentionally turned on or left on. The carer or relative can easily turn the valve on when the cooker is required using the key, enabling the gas cooker to be used safely.

    “Not only does the locking cooker valve help vulnerable customers retain their independence, it also provides reassurance to family, friends and carers.”

    With 21 deaths and over 800 gas-related injuries in the last three years, it’s crucial that people have their appliances checked each year to be assured they are working safely and efficiently. People should also check that their engineer is Gas Safe registered. Anyone working on gas appliances while not being registered is working illegally.

    Jonathan Samuel, Managing Director for Gas Safe Register, said: “It’s great to have the support of SGN in this year’s Gas Safety Week. By working together, we can reach more people and help to reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances that could be lurking in the homes of the UK’s 23 million gas consumers. We know from our own investigations data that one in six gas appliances in the UK are unsafe meaning far too many people are victims of preventable gas related incidents.”

    Stay Gas Safe at home this Gas Safety Week by following these top tips:

     

    • Sign up to a free annual gas safety check reminder service at www.staygassafe.co.uk.


    • Be aware of the signs that an unsafe gas appliance may cause such as a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame; soot or staining on or around the appliance; excess condensation in the room.


    • Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO gas is known as the ‘silent killer’ as it has no smell, taste or colour. The symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness, which can easily be mistaken for something else.


    • To refer someone who might benefit from our locking cooker valve, call 0800 975 1818 or email locking.valve@sgn.co.uk.


    • Always ask to see an engineer’s Gas Safe ID card and check it to make sure the engineer is qualified to check or fit the appliance in question.

     

    To find out about dangers in your area visit www.StayGasSafe.co.uk and to find a Gas Safe registered engineer call 0800 408 5500 or visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk