SMS has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (14 – 20 September 20) and will be running a social media campaign to raise awareness about the importance of gas safety.
As we celebrate the tenth year of Gas Safety Week, organisations from across the UK are working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
This year, Gas Safety Week is addressing a whole range of gas safety matters with a focus on community safety in these difficult times - from advice about how to stay gas safe and raising awareness of using a registered engineer who is legally qualified, to ensure consumers don’t suffer from the effects of illegal gas work though lack of awareness.
At SMS, we are utilising our training academies and our digital training platforms to run gas safety awareness training to support and encourage everyone to promote gas safety and the importance of using qualified gas safe registered engineers.
“I cannot emphasise enough the importance of Gas Safety Week and the work carried out by all those in the industry to raise awareness, improve industry standards and ultimately save lives. This year has provided a new challenge, not only to consumers but the wider industry as a whole, with many people unable or reluctant to invite engineers in to their properties to carry out routine maintenance operations, due to concerns or restrictions related to the current pandemic. For this reason, I feel Gas Safety Week 2020, in its 10th anniversary, has never been more important. Bringing the significant risks back into focus and providing straightforward advice on actions will help keep all of us; consumers, friends, families and gas workers safe.”Head of Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Operations at SMS Plc
“It’s great to see so many people supporting Gas Safety Week this year to help share important and, in some cases, lifesaving advice about gas safety. It’s vital in these uncertain times to look out for the safety of our local communities and ensure people always use a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to work on gas appliances at their home. It’s how we can all work together to stay gas safe.’Chief Executive for Gas Safe Register
Keep up-to-date with Gas Safe Register’s updates and advice throughout Gas Safety Week by following @GasSafeRegister on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram and search #GSW20 and #GasSafetyWeek.
To keep you and your family safe, follow Gas Safe Register’s top tips:
- Know the symptoms of CO poisoning; headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
- If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.
- Never attempt to work on a gas appliance yourself, always seek the help of a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer who can work on your gas cooker, boiler or fire in a safe way.
- Don’t cut corners - only employ a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home.
- Always ask to see your engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. Make sure you check the back of the card, which will state which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.
Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers. You can find a registered engineer in your area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website at GasSafeRegister.co.uk.