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By unknown, Aug 27 2015 10:17PM

We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2015, taking place 14th – 20th September.

Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.

Follow these few simple checks to stay safe:

- Check your gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants – make sure your landlord arranges this. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at www.staygassafe.co.uk.

- Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find and check an engineer at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.

- Check your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.

- Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.

- Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.

- Have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.

For gas safety advice or to find and check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk. Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.

By unknown, Mar 14 2015 10:53AM

With the colder weather arriving and fuel prices high, an extra jumper isn't always enough - so, how can we reduce our energy bills?

There are many ways to be more efficient: including fitting thermostatic radiator valves, energy efficient boilers, room thermostats and much more. Every property is different and a Heating Engineer will make specific recommendations based on your requirements. You can also visit www.sedbuk.co.uk or www.energysavingtrust.org.uk for more information.

When it comes to boilers, those over 10 years old are considered inefficient, often costing more to run than newer models. Your boiler's SEDBUK (Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK) rating will tell you how efficient your boiler is, and you can look this up by entering the name of the manufacturer at www.homeheatingguide.co.uk. When deciding upon a new boiler, think about which system suits your home before making a purchase:

- Combi boilers are usually the most efficient option depending on the size of your home. They cannot manage the high demand of larger properties.

- Open-vent boilers are more common in older properties and require a hot water cylinder, and cold water tanks in the loft.

- System boilers are suitable for large homes with high demand for hot water.

Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix or service your appliances, and always ask to see their ID card. To find and check an engineer, go to www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500. Remember to ask friends and family for recommendations, shop around and ask questions. For more information and advice, or to book an appointment please email [email protected] or call 01494 766383.

Carbon Monoxide; Be Safe,

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