Gas safety

Gas safety checks

We will provide a free gas safety check by a qualified person on request if all of the following conditions apply to you:

  • you live with someone who is under five years old; or you are of pensionable age, disabled or chronically sick and everyone who lives with you is under 18 or is also of pensionable age, disabled or chronically sick; and
  • you don’t live somewhere where a landlord is responsible for arranging gas safety checks; and
  • you are in receipt of a means-tested benefit; and
  • you have not had a gas safety check in the last 12 months.

The safety check covers your gas appliances and other gas fittings in your home, including an examination of any flues and combustion air supplies, and is intended to ensure their safe functioning.

Gas safety information

The following advice on the safe use of gas in your home is taken from the Gas Safe Register website, where you can also find lots more detailed information.

  • Have all your gas appliances, including boilers, gas cookers and gas fires, safety checked annually.
  • Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and check gas appliances in your home – it’s the law and will help keep you safe.
  • Always ask to see an engineer’s Gas Safe ID card and check the back of the card to ensure they are qualified to carry out the specific type of gas work you need.
  • Recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.
  • Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room. Remember that an unsafe appliance sometimes has none of these signs at all.
  • Buy an audible carbon monoxide alarm for your home and make sure it is located near to your gas appliances in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidance. Carbon monoxide can leak from appliances and kill.
  • Only use gas appliances for their intended purpose e.g. don’t use a gas oven to heat a room or use a gas barbeque inside the house.
  • Always ensure there is enough ventilation for your gas appliances to allow them to burn correctly and make sure you are not blocking any air vents that provide an air supply to the gas appliance.