We're pledging our support to this year's Gas Safety Week, which starts today (13 September) and ends on Sunday 19 September.
Launched in 2011 by Gas Safe Register, Gas Safety Week aims at raising awareness among businesses, consumers, landlords and residents of the importance of gas safety, as well as the legal obligations surrounding it.
Faulty or poorly fitted gas appliances can cause all sorts of problems, including:
- inefficient or loss of heating
- the release of carbon monoxide, a highly poisonous but odourless gas
- gas leaks, fires, and explosions
The consequences of all this range from higher energy bills and damp and mould, to injury and even death.
At Wolverhampton Homes, we have a long-standing commitment to gas safety, and we're raising awareness among customers and colleagues of the importance of gas safety with a week-long campaign.
How can tenants play their part?
Ian Gardner, Assistant Director of Property Services said:
"The colder weather is just around the corner, and soon many of us will turn on our heating for perhaps the first time in several months.
"There's nothing worse than finding out your heating isn't working at a time when you need it most. Turning your heating on now and testing it ahead of the cold weather, means you have plenty of time to report the problem and get it repaired before you really need it.
"The demand for heating repairs is much greater during the autumn and winter. You can play your part by letting us know now if your heating is not working."
Other things you can do include:
- keep your gas safety check appointments
- tell us straight away if you have a problem
- if you smell gas and suspect a gas leak, report it straight away by ringing 0800 111 999
- use a registered Gas Safe engineer if you're having any new gas appliances
- look out for your vulnerable neighbours
If you’re finding it hard to keep your home warm or are worried about how much energy you are using, you may benefit from a home energy visit.