Gas safety certificates, are they really safe?

Written by on 30/06/2011 in Gas Safety Certificates - 1 Comment

A coroner has called upon the gas industry to rethink its risk categories whilst doing a gas safety inspection of gas appliances. This is following the death of a young lady who drowned in the bath after inhaling Carbon Monoxide fumes from her boiler. Prior to the incident, the boiler had been certified ‘at risk’ only three months earlier. The young lady’s husband is adamant that the gas engineer had not warned them of how dangerous the appliance was which is why they did not rush and get it fixed. The husband claimed that the couple was not told to stop using the boiler by the professional. The coroner said that the levels and dangers should be made clearer and that any issue with a gas appliance should be deemed as dangerous and that the continuous use of the appliance should be stopped immediately.

For the safety of your family you should always ensure that you have carbon monoxide alarm installed and that all gas cookers, gas boilers and gas fires are inspected annually by a gas safe registered engineer.

Landlord gets fined £11,500 for no gas certificates

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After failing to provide gas safety certificates (CP12) for a gas cooker and boiler at a property that was being rented out to a family, a landlord was fined for endangering the lives of his tenants. An inspection of the property by the council uncovered various defects which the landlord was required to take action for the required improvements. In addition to the defects, the landlord failed to provide an up-to-date gas safety certificate (CP12) for more than 2 years. The Portsmouth landlord was fines £11,500 and ordered to pay a further £4,500 for costs.

To ensure that all your gas appliances are safe to use, please make sure you use a registered gas safety engineer when servicing your gas cooker, boiler and fire. On completion of all gas work you should request a gas safety certificate as proof work.