THE Health and Safety Executive is campaigning to inform everyone about the importance of gas safety.
According to HSE statistics, around 15 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning every year. There are things you can do to keep yourself safe.
It is recommended that all landlords and business owners responsible for gas appliances in commercial buildings have boilers, gas fires etc checked for safety by a Gas Safe Register engineer and the annual certificates are held on file.
By law, landlords have to make sure that the gas appliances in your rented accommodation are safe for you to use. Landlords also have to provide you with a copy of the gas safety check record either prior to moving in or within 28 days of the annual check being completed if you are an existing tenant. Knowing your rights when you rent could save your life.
The duties of landlords are specified in the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
A landlord must ensure that all relevant gas appliances are checked for safety within 12 months of being installed and then at intervals of not more than 12 months.
This issue has been highlighted again after a series of incidents.