Recently we looked at how to make your home more energy efficient for the cold weather and we’d like to follow that up with a reminder to make sure your properties are gas safe. As gas boilers will be running for longer to keep your property warm in the winter months, you must make sure to reduce the risk of anything going wrong.
1.) First and foremost make sure you’ve had your annual gas safety check (required by law) and that you and your tenant have a copy of the CP12 certificate, available through Rentify.
Both you and your tenants must:
2.) Know the signs of a faulty gas appliance: the pilot light (if you can see it) may burn yellow instead of the correct blue, you may see black stains around the appliance or it may break down regularly
3.) Know the signs of a gas leak: The smell of gas (obviously), nausea, dizziness or headaches that can be caused by carbon monoxide
4.) Know what to do in case of a gas leak: open all windows and doors; turn off the appliance and the gas supply, do nothing to create a spark (including turning on lights or torches), go outside, alert the neighbours and call the National Gas Emergency Number: 0800 111 999
5.) Fit a carbon monoxide alarm: carbon monoxide is released when gas is not burned properly. It is odourless, tasteless and colourless and can cause nausea, dizziness, headaches, breathlessness, loss of consciousness and eventually death. Carbon monoxide alarms are cheap (around £15) and easy to set up. You should get one to protect your tenant and show you are taking reasonable steps for health and safety.
6.) Know if you have a hidden flue (also called a flue in a void). These need special access hatches and it is the landlord’s legal responsibility to make sure they are installed.
7.) Stress that it is the tenant’s responsibility to report any defects they find with a gas appliance to you. Make sure this is clearly stated in the tenancy agreement.
8.) Get a Gas Safe registered engineer to perform any service work. It is illegal for someone who is not Gas Safe registered to work on a gas appliance. You can find a list of qualified engineers here
9.) Visit the Gas Safe Register web site for more information on every aspect of gas safety
Stay safe and Happy Holidays!