Posted June 19, 2018
By Lisa Brand
Although you may not be using your gas central heating this summer and have probably switched it off, you will still be using your gas boiler to heat your water and your gas hob for cooking, and therefore, it’s just as important that you remain gas conscious throughout the summer months.
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, is a silent killer that affects us all year round and not just in the winter months; CO poisoning in the summer months can be just as deadly.
If you don’t regularly maintain your gas appliances, boilers, gas BBQ’s and gas camping equipment, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and even fatality.
Most of us use BBQ’s in the summer months for outdoor dining and camping trips and should be aware of the dangers which can lead to CO poisoning.
If you take your gas BBQ indoors, you could be exposing you and your family to carbon monoxide poisoning. Gas barbecues need plenty of ventilation and should never be stored in an enclosed space.
If you are going camping this summer and taking a gas BBQ with you:
LPG is normally used outdoors for BBQ’s, camping and as an outside heating source. This is a flammable mixture of hydrocarbon gases which are used as fuel in cooking apparatus, transport, caravans, boats and for heating purposes.
It is important that you frequently service all of your fixed gas appliances and have them safety checked by a qualified gas engineer each year.
It’s also just as important to ensure that the engineer is trained and qualified to work on a specific gas appliance at your property.
When you purchase any new or used gas appliances you need to make sure that it can be used in that type of location intended. For example, if you want it for a caravan you need to ensure that it’s suitable for a caravan. You also need to find out what gas it requires (i.e. natural or LPG), and you need to have it installed by a qualified Gas Safe Engineer.
Just as you would install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm at home, it’s just as important to install one into a caravan or mobile home. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer which comes with no warning. You cannot taste it, smell it or see it and it’s an extremely poisonous gas.
When you are using a portable gas appliance and it has an integral gas canister, it’s important that you follow the below precautions:
If you suspect that you have a gas leak in the UK, or you can smell gas, call the free gas emergency number (24 hours) straight away on 0800 111 999 or visit GasSafeRegister.co.uk
Our level 3 City & Guilds qualification is both ideal for all new entrants as well as experienced domestic gas engineers looking to enhance their qualifications. The course will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for a constructive career within the gas industry and covers both LPG and gas barbeques as well as gas cookers and meters.
This is a licence to practice and will enable you to be on the Gas Safe Register and work in the UK, Isle of Man and Guernsey.
For more information, view our Level 3 Diploma Gas Safe Course or give us a call on 01923 253 866.