Safety in your home

Many of us rely on appliances to heat our homes, cook our food and provide hot water. Routine inspections of these appliances are therefore necessary to ensure your appliances are working safely and in good condition.

Safety in your home

Gas appliances

We are legally required to carry out annual inspections of all gas appliances and installations that we have put in your home. We will notify you when your annual inspection is due and agree an appointment. Please do respond when you get your notification as this is an important safety matter.

 

You are responsible for ensuring your own gas appliances are properly maintained and safe to use. If we find something unsafe during our own checks, we may cap your gas supply and even condemn your appliance if necessary.

 

 

Solid fuel appliances

If your home has an open fire and chimney, it is your responsibility to get the chimney swept. This should be done at least once a year, although every six months is ideal.

 

We will carry out an annual inspection for anyone with a closed solid fuel appliance such as a Parkray or Rayburn. If you have such an appliance but would like to discuss an alternative form of heating, please contact our Asset Management team.

 

Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas produced when carbon fuels don’t burn completely. It has no taste, smell or colour and can kill without warning in a few hours. Gas, oil and solid fuels are safe to burn so long as the appliance is installed, maintained and used correctly.

 

 

If you suspect a CO leak or think you are suffering from CO poisoning, switch the appliance off, open windows and then get out into the fresh air immediately. If the symptoms are serious you should go straight to your doctor or emergency department.

 

Protecting yourself from CO 

  • If an appliance has soot or staining on or around it, please report it
  • Check the flames in your appliance – if they are orange or yellow instead of blue there may be a problem
  • Do not block ventilators as these are needed to allow enough fresh air into the room - similarly, do not block flues or chimneys
  • Do not install any gas, oil or solid fuel heating appliances without our written permission
  • Do not use portable LPG heaters

 

We will carry out an annual safety check. Please make sure you arrange access for us as a matter of priority when you get your appointment.

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