There are a great many people who get confused about being CORGI Registered and Gas Safe Registered
It is still very confusing for a lot of homeowners who remember the CORGI accreditation. It had been well profiled to ensure people understood about guaranteeing their gas safety in the home. However on 1st April 2009 a new gas registration body was introduced called The Gas Safe Register.
As with all new re-brands and/or professional body developments, new and improved ID cards were introduced for gas engineers. Today, these include a photograph, a hologram and a unique licence number for that particular tradesman.
The individual’s qualifications are listed on the back to demonstrate his/her level of skill and competence.
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Regularly Remind Homeowners About Home Security.
The confusion regarding Gas Safe and CORGI does need to be reinforced, with homeowners reminded to only allow boiler engineers with an official Gas Safe Register card to carry out work on heating systems and/or other gas appliances. It is important to remind them that without this registration, any work undertaken would be classified as illegal.
A few important things for homeowners to consider are listed below. Feel free to download and print off or upload to your website to ensure consumers are aware.
Why do we have the Gas Safe Register?
The Gas Safe Register was introduced to help stop gas-related deaths and injuries every year which are caused by incorrectly installed, badly repaired and poorly maintained gas equipment. Understanding that appliances should be inspected regularly by a qualified engineer is vitally important.
Regular gas boiler servicing is essential with the Gas Safety Register recommending all gas appliances are serviced and safety checked annually. From 1 April 2009, all work on gas installations or appliances must only be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Gas Safe Register’s Top Tips To Keep A Family And Home Safe
– Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer for any gas work in your home – and don’t be afraid to ask to see and check their ID card.
– Make sure your gas appliances are safety checked and serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines – or at least once a year.
– If you live in rented accommodation, your landlord must arrange for a Gas Safe registered engineer to carry out a safety check every year on all gas appliances. You should be given a copy of the safety certificate before you move in or within 28 days of the safety check. If you don’t have this certificate, ask your landlord.
– Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm which will alert you if dangerous levels are present in your home.
– If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak turn off the gas at the meter, extinguish naked flames, open windows and leave the area. If you feel unwell, seek medical advice.
A Gas Safe registered business or individual engineer’s licence number can be found at the following website: www.gassaferegister.co.uk
Alternatively there is a dedicated helpline number 0800 408 5500.