Get your gas appliances and boiler serviced regularly
Every year people die from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by gas appliances and flues which haven’t been properly installed or maintained. That’s why we adviseallour customers to have their gas appliances and boiler checkedeveryyearby a Gas Safe Register™ Engineer.
You could be entitled to a free safety check if:
You own and occupy your homeand
A) you’re over 60 years of age, disabled or chronically sick,and eitherlive aloneorwith others, all of whom are over 60, under 18, disabled or chronically sickor
B) you live with others, including at least one child who’s aged under five years and you receive a means tested benefit.
If you’re a tenant,your landlord has a legal dutyto carry out an annual gas safety check and maintain gas appliances. They must also provide you with a copy of the completed gas safety check certificate.
It’s just as important to get your boiler and other appliances checked if you use other carbon based fuels, such as coal, wood or oil. Make sure that any chimneys or flues aren’t blocked up and that vents aren’t covered. You should also get your chimney swept at least once a year.
For information on competent persons' schemes for coal, wood or oil burning heating systems and appliances, click on the following links: