Essential safety checks in your home
Gas safety service
We have a legal duty to protect the safety of you, your family and your neighbours by ensuring that our housing stock has a safe gas supply.
Who needs an annual gas safety check and why?
In line with legislation, all South Lanarkshire Council homes that have gas appliances require an annual gas safety check. Gas appliances can pose a risk of producing carbon monoxide (CO) – which could be fatal. Regular gas safety checks help keep your family safe and prolong the life of your gas appliances.
Who can perform a gas safety check?
Only Gas Safe registered engineers can carry out annual gas safety checks.
What is included in a gas safety check?
The Building Services gas engineer will check:
- appliances are working at the correct pressure and burning gas properly
- there is adequate ventilation
- flues and chimneys are clear
- safety devices on appliances are working as they should be
How long does a gas safety check take?
Gas safety checks usually take less than 60 minutes. The time spent in your home can be kept to a minimum by ensuring the gas engineer has free access to all the gas appliances (including the meter). It is also essential to make sure there is enough credit on prepayment gas and electricity meters.
To keep you and your family safe, follow the Gas Safe Register’s top tips:
- Allow the gas engineer access to carry out your annual gas safety check
- 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.
- 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 servicing programme
All tenants are lettered, in advance with appointments for gas services to be carried out.
If the date is unsuitable, it is essential that you make contact to rearrange to a more suitable time. If there are repeated no-access attempts to your home. South Lanarkshire Council have the legal right to force entry to your home to carry out the work. This is to ensure the safety of our tenants and their neighbours.
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions which are in place, we will ask you if you or anyone in the property have symptoms of Covid-19 or are awaiting a test or test results for Covid-19, prior to service/inspection taking place. While the operative is within the property please ensure you follow the social distancing rules in place and remain in another room while the operative is on site (where appropriate).
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