Gas safety 'a necessity' in UK properties

by Sarah Ashcroft

Homeowners across the UK - including landlords - are failing to have the safety of their gas appliances assessed on a regular basis, one expert says.

Jeff Learman, director of communications at Gas Safe Register, explained that there is a misconception that checks should only be made when there is a problem.

He continued: "Others said that they didn't get anything checked simply because they forgot to have it done.

"Nationally there are 21 million homes in the UK, and nine million haven’t had their homes checked annually."

Cost is one of the main barriers preventing people from having their home's gas safety checked, even though having an assessment carried out could potentially save lives.

Mr Learman reported figures from the Department of Health that show more than 4,000 people arrive at accident and emergency wards in the UK with low levels of carbon monoxide poisoning.

As part of their legal duties, landlords are required to ensure all gas appliances are safe when establishing tenancy agreements.

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Published on: September 16, 2011

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