Surrey Fire and Rescue Service share their advice on home gas safety
As temperatures start to drop and energy prices continue to rise many of us will be looking to reduce spending on central heating this autumn. However, as people start to turn on their central heating for the first time this autumn, it's important to be reminded of the possible risks surrounding gas usage in homes.
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service have shared their advice on gas safety in the home.
Carbon Monoxide Leaks
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless and poisonous gas produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels. The most common sources of CO leaks are from faulty boilers, gas fires and cookers.
Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in every room with a gas or solid fuel heating or cooking appliance and alarms should be tested weekly with your smoke alarms.
For more information on Carbon Monoxide detectors please visit the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service web page.
Servicing your gas appliances
You should have your gas fueled appliances serviced every 12 months by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Not only will this ensure your appliances or heating system is safe to use and working correctly but will also make sure they are running efficiently.
You can find a Gas Safe Register approved engineer via Gas Safe Register's search tool or by calling 0800 408 5500.
Warning signs which you may be able to spot yourself that gas appliances are not working properly include lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
The dangers of gas meter fraud
Gas meter fraud involves bypassing or rigging the gas meter in some way so that it does not accurately record the amount of gas that is being used.
Whilst we know energy rates are soaring, please do not take the risk of tampering with your gas meter. Not only is gas meter tampering illegal, but it is also extremely dangerous and could put your life and the lives of others in danger.
Tampering with meters can cause leaks, which you may not always be able to smell. It could cause the gas flames on your hob or gas fire to change size or burn more yellow than blue. Sometimes there are no signs at all until the build-up of gas in the air explodes, putting you and your family in real danger.
Visit the Safe and Well web page to complete our new, free home fire safety risk assessment to make sure you're safe in your home. Once completed we could also offer a free Safe and Well Visit.
Visit Stay Energy Safe to see how to spot if you have been the victim of gas theft.
Need help with saving safely?
If you are looking for ways to save, we have support information available online on the Cost of Living Financial Support page or via the Community Helpline on 0300 200 1008, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).
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