The Importance of Using a Gas Safe Registered Company
Every September sees the return of the annual Gas Safety Week (16th-22nd September), which brings organisations from across the UK together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly-maintained gas appliances.
Therefore, it’s a timely reminder as to why it’s so important to use gas safe registered engineers with your boiler.
Why You Should Always Use a Gas Safe Registered Engineer
Not only is it a requirement by law for an engineer to be on the Gas Safety Register to be able to carry out work on gas appliances such as boilers, but someone not registered could cause catastrophic harm.
And yet, according to the Gas Safety Register, over 1 million gas jobs are completed by illegal and unqualified fitters every single year.
When it comes to plumbing, gas work carried out on your boiler by an unregistered engineer could result in disastrous carbon monoxide leaks, which if left unchecked, could prove fatal for you or your family. Therefore, it’s vital that you use Gas Safe registered engineers.
But many so-called boiler engineers say they are Gas Safe Registered when they aren’t, so how can you tell?
How to Check if an Engineer or Company is On the Gas Safe Register
First and foremost, you can check whether a company is registered by using the database provided on the national Gas Safe Register website.
But perhaps more importantly you need to make sure the person carrying out the works is qualified to do so. Gas Safe Registered engineers with carry a Gas Safe photo ID card, and you should you always request to see it before they do any work with on your boiler.
If they can’t do so for any reason, make sure to to delay the works until they can produce it, as without it you have no idea whether they are who they say they are.
When the card is presented to you, make sure to check all the details are correct, as this is where unscrupulous operators will try and con you into believing they are registered by presenting you with a fake card, or with a real card containing false information.
How Evaluate a Gas Safe ID Card
Once the card is presented to you, immediately look for the Gas Safe security hologram. Fake cards are unable to replicate this hologram, so you should operate a no hologram, no works undertaken policy.
Secondly, and perhaps most obviously, make sure the photo on the card is of the engineer about to carry out the works, and not of someone else who has hired out their card for the day.
Once you’ve established the person is who they say they are, and that there’s a hologram present, it’s time to check the relevant details contained on the card itself.
Make sure it hasn’t expired, that there is a license number embossed on the card, and that the business listed on the card matches up with who you have at your address.
Finally, turn the card over to see which appliances the engineer is qualified to work on. Some engineers are only qualified for boiler work, whilst others are only qualified for gas cookers. Make sure they have the right qualifications for the job.
How Often Should You Have Your Gas Appliances Checked?
The Gas Safe Register recommends undertaking a check of your gas appliances once very year. These checks are easily added on to appointments such as your annual boiler service, and help to spot any potential problems such as carbon monoxide leaks before they become deadly.
Here at Bluewater plumbing all of our engineers are Gas Safe Registered so you can rest assured that they are fully qualified to undertake any necessary boiler works on your premises.
In in 7 homes in the South East of England have unsafe gas appliances, so make sure you’re not one of them by booking in a gas check as part of your routine boiler works.
Why not give our team a call on 0208 323 5678 to speak to a Gas Safe Registered engineer about your boiler requirements today?