What all do you do during the day to ensure that you are safe? From using a sunscreen to ensuring that your appliances are not plugged in when you leave the home, you are a proactive citizen. However, have you ever wondered about gas safety in your home or office?
More than five million privately rented properties exist in the UK and it is surprising to note that many of them aren’t required by the authorities to complete and annual gas safety check. From homeowners to landlords and even small business energy users are not fulfilling these basic safety measures.
23% small businesses don’t even know that a gas check is necessary while another 18% have been negligent in carrying out their due diligence. All these businesses are using mains gas and some may have even worked with one of the 7,500 unregistered gas fitters who do more than 250,000 illegal gas jobs each year.
While living or working on these properties, you could be at a major risk of fire, explosions and even carbon monoxide poisoning that eventually proves to be fatal. Your landlord could be fined tens of thousands of pounds for not adhering to the laws. In fact, in case of an accident, the insurance company will have enough reasons to deny the claim as well.
However, all is not the fault of landlords and business owners. The problem is that people are unaware that such regulations exist. Moreover, the Landlord License Scheme that makes it mandatory for the building owners to get annual gas safety checks are only enforced in 40 local authorities. This leaves a majority of the UK population at risk.
What to do?
We talked to business gas supplier Flogas Energy about the measures that you can take to enhance your safety. First, find out if you are living in one of these forty ‘postcode lottery’ areas where the annual checks are mandatory. If yes, check if the landlord has followed the regulations or not.
If you live in an area where the license scheme is not in force, talk to your landlord and let them know about these regulations. Make sure that they are aware about getting annual checkups done by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Also, they should maintain a record of every problem that occurs in the system and every time a check or servicing was completed. This helps in abiding by the laws and getting the claim by the insurance provider in case of an accident.
Per new rules adopted in April 2018, landlords can now schedule an annual checkup up to two months in advance. This means that the checkup can be done anywhere between 10 months and 12 months. This means that the new certificate will run for an entire year after the old one runs out. If you have to get the safety check done before 10 months, the new certificate will run for one year from the date of issue. Stay safe, at home and at office.
To find your local Gas Safe registered engineer, visit: www.gassaferegister.co.uk.