A gas safety check could save your life. Badly installed or poorly maintained gas appliances can lead to gas leaks, explosions or deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
- What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
The symptoms of exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide can be similar to those of food poisoning and flu.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
- Tension type headache
- Feeling and being sick
- Tired and confusion
- Stomach pain
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.
- What should I do if my carbon monoxide alarm bleeps with a continuous rapid bleeping, I suspect I may have carbon monoxide poisoning or if I smell gas?
If your carbon monoxide alarm bleeps with a continuous rapid bleeping, you suspect you may have carbon monoxide poisoning or if you smell gas:
- Phone National Gas Emergency Services free on 0800 111 999 – they will deal with any report of potential carbon monoxide or gas escape free of charge
- Contact Beyond Housing on 0345 065 5656
- If possible, turn off the gas supply at the meter (unless the meter is located in a cellar or basement, in which case do not enter)
- Do not turn the gas back on until the escape has been repaired
- Turn off gas appliances. Do not use them again until a gas engineer confirms they are safe to use.
- Open all windows and doors for ventilation and leave the property if you are able to
- Do not use any electrical appliances or operate any switches
- Extinguish all naked flames and do not smoke
- Seek medical advice from your GP if you think you have been exposed to low levels of carbon monoxide.
The capping of gas supplies
We want you to feel safe and secure in your home therefore we have developed a gas cap procedure as a key part in our landlord gas safety compliance obligations.
We may have to cap gas off your gas supply if we are unable to carry out a gas safety check for any of the following reasons:
- Your 12 month gas safety check is due to expire and you failed to provide us with access.
- Your meter is not in credit.
- Your meter is faulty or bypassed
- You do not want or need gas in the property.
Why not watch this great video produced by Gas Safety Register and see if you can spot the silent killer: