8 September 2022

SMS is supporting Gas Safety Week 2022

We are delighted to have pledged our support for Gas Safety Week (12 – 18 September 2022) to raise awareness about the importance of gas safety.

Gas Safety Week is now into its second decade of keeping people safe and 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.

Throughout the week, SMS will be partaking in a social media campaign that highlights gas safety to consumers and celebrates the work that our Gas Safe Registered engineers do every day. The Gas Safety Week campaign this year focuses on the steps consumers can take to ensure they stay safe, including not attempting DIY on gas appliances and being aware of the warning signs of unsafe appliances.

David Hosie, Head of Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) at SMS said:

“I’m personally proud of the work our employees carry out on a daily basis to check and improve gas safety standards in the homes and businesses of the consumers that we visit. I’ve lost count of the interventions we’ve taken to identify and make safe the issues that we find. But our influence doesn’t need to stop there, we must also play our part by joining with other industry leaders to raise awareness of gas safety and how each of us can keep ourselves and our friends and family safe. Please join in by promoting and supporting the campaign. Together we can make a difference.”

Iain Hyslop, SHEQ Director at SMS, added:

“We are delighted to be supporting Gas Safety Week once again this year. At SMS, we talk about gas safety every day; it’s in our DNA and it’s fundamental in keeping our people and customers safe. Our business flourishes by being ‘gas safe’. As we’re all too aware, recent events globally have contributed to rising energy costs that are affecting many households across the country. However, if work needs to be carried out at your home or business, it’s incredibly important to continue using Gas Safe registered engineers and avoid the temptation of using ‘cheaper options’ for gas installations and associated appliances. Let’s do this together and keep our families and friends safe.”

Jonathan Samuel, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said:

“During these difficult times it’s important to stay aware of the warning signs of an unsafe gas appliance and contact a Gas Safe registered engineer if you’re worried something’s wrong, as well as having your annual gas safety check. We’re delighted to see so much support for this year’s Gas Safety Week, and by working together we can keep the public informed of gas safety and help reduce the risk of dangerous gas appliances across the UK, helping the whole nation to stay gas safe.”

Keep up to date with Gas Safe Register’s updates and advice throughout Gas Safety Week by following @GasSafeRegister on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and search #GSW22 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, dizziness, collapse, and loss of consciousness.
  • Look out for warning signs your appliance may be unsafe, such as dark or sooty stains around the appliance, increased condensation and pilot lights frequently going out.
  • Make sure you leave vents unblocked as these are there to help your appliance work safely and efficiently.
  • 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.
  • If you’re having your annual safety check, only employ a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to carry it out.
  • 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 o
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.