We’re supporting Gas Safety Week once again. Do you have a story to tell about unsafe work and installations? Let us know in the comments.
— Which? Trusted Traders (@WhichTraders) September 2, 2021
The purpose of the week is to make people aware of the potential dangers of having unsafe gas appliances in their homes and how they can correctly take care of their appliances.
Did you know approximately two thirds of illegal gas work inspected by the Register has been found to be unsafe?
When left unchecked and not serviced by a qualified heating and gas engineer, gas appliances can pose life-threatening risks such as gas leaks, carbon monoxide poisoning and, in some instances, fires or even explosions.
We want to hear your stories where you have had illegal or unsafe installations in your home. What happened/went wrong? How was the situation resolved?
In 2018 when we called for your stories on DIY disasters, an engineer told us:
“I was called out to fix an oil boiler after a guy had tried to install it himself. Every wire had been disconnected in an attempt to make it work.
I have been called out so many times to faulty heating systems where the customer has tried to fix it themselves. It always ends up costing them more.
We often see gas pipework with the incorrect fittings, and electric showers with no earthing. Both are potentially very dangerous”
Which? Trusted Traders is encouraging businesses to pledge their support for Gas Safety Week this year and be part of the campaign to help keep the nation and local communities safe.
Have you ever had a problem with low-quality/unsafe gas work being carried out in your home? Let us know what happened in the comments.