CD Hood's Building News


May 26
2017

Making sure gas appliances are safe

Posted by: CarlHood


Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd never cut corners when it comes to gas safety.  It is vital that any renovation, new build or extension has any of its gas appliances thoroughly and professionally checked. It is shocking that across the UK some property investors are potentially putting their property investments at risk of major gas incidents, such as a carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions by employing illegal gas engineers who are not properly qualified, new research shows.

The Gas Safe Register, the UKs only official legal gas registration scheme, found that 19% of people, who employed a tradesperson to work on a gas appliance did not check their ID card or qualifications. They also found that  a worrying 65% of gas jobs carried out by illegal fitters were unsafe and one in five gas appliances were so dangerous that they had to be disconnected immediately! The study found that people are most likely to employ a tradesperson based on recommendations from friends or family members (53%), and trust them based on their personal presentation (41%) or how official they look (30%), rather than on their qualifications (11%).

Matt Allwright, best known for presenting shows such as Watchdog and Rogue Traders said: “Gas Safe Register’s data demonstrates that too many people are letting illegal gas fitters into their home and putting their families at risk. It is vital that people don’t just trust a friendly face but make sure fitters are Gas Safe registered and qualified to work in their property, as the consequences of an unsafe gas appliance can be fatal.”

https://www.propertyinvestortoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2017/3/are-illegal-gas-fitters-putting-your-property-investments-at-risk

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