Safety in our homes is absolutely paramount, and there are all sorts of different things we can do to contribute to keeping our homes, along with ourselves, safe from any potential risks and dangers. Gas safety checks are one thing you can do to improve the safety of your home and minimise the risk of any harmful or dangerous leaks. The purpose of these checks is to ensure that all gas appliances are working properly and without any faults. They can also flag up problems early so that you can get them fixed immediately.
Gas safety checks are very important in keeping our homes safe, and we would advise that you get your gas checked by a professional around once a year. This keeps up maintenance and ensures that your gas is safe and therefore you are not at any risk of leaks.
Some people may be put off by having gas safety checks as they see it as extra costs. However, they are in fact very affordable and certainly worthwhile. Furthermore, they could save you money in the long run, because the sooner a problem is noticed and fixed, the less significant damage that will be caused and therefore the smaller cost. Avoiding the reasonable cost of a gas safety check could result in you having to pay out more in the future should you encounter any problems such as gas leaks.
You can also take extra precaution yourself by doing things such as checking the gas pressure to ensure that this is right, and being vigilant of anything unusual within your gas appliances when using them.
Having a gas safety check allows us to flag up any problems or anything unusual before it escalates into something bigger and more serious. With gas, problems and signs of fault can be quite difficult to spot, and so they often only come to attention when the problem has spun a little out of control and is more serious. Therefore, we would recommend getting a professional to come out and conduct a proper, thorough check of everything.
One of the dangers of having gas appliances in our homes, is the risk of gas leaks. This can be due to a number of things, such as faulty appliances or things that haven’t been fitted properly. This can allow gas to escape and therefore result in a leak inside your home, which can be very dangerous and lead to severe consequences. In the early stages of gas leaks, you can experience symptoms such as headaches and nausea. However, the longer this is left and the more gas you are exposed to, the bigger the dangers become. Having a gas check will alert you to any appliances that aren’t fitted correctly or have any faults so as to stop this from happening.
The most dangerous risk from gas appliances is carbon monoxide poisoning. The consequences of carbon monoxide leaks can actually be fatal, and the signs of it are almost undetectable. Therefore, we strongly advise having a carbon monoxide alarm in your home, so that you are immediately alerted should there ever be a leak.
Carbon monoxide is a completely invisible substance, and one with no taste or smell, therefore making it very difficult to detect. It is often referred to as ‘the silent killer’, as it can cause death or severe health defects if you are exposed to it for too long. Furthermore, it doesn’t take long to affect you, and symptoms can develop quickly, but often people don’t notice until it is too late. The reason gas safety checks minimise the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is because they draw attention to anything unusual or wrong, and you can get this sorted before it has any dangerous consequences.
For more information or if you would like us to do a gas safety check in your home, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.