Nearly 370,000 people in Yorkshire and Humberside are putting their health and finances at risk by not getting their gas appliances safety checked every year1 – which, according to a new survey among gas engineers in Yorkshire and Humberside, costs as little as £48.²
In the last year there have been more than 67,000 gas emergency call outs to homes in the UK, the equivalent of 186 every day3. On top of which, the gas authority – Gas Safe Register – has found dangerous gas appliances lurking in one in six of the 15,932 homes it has inspected in Yorkshire and Humberside in the past five years4.
- 15,153 gas emergencies in Yorkshire and Humberside in the last year
- Fifth annual Gas Safety Week 14-20 September 2015
Across the region, Leeds has the highest number of homes with unsafe gas appliances (one in five were unsafe5) compared to York (one in 106) and Hull where the fewest number of homes with unsafe gas appliances was found (one in 127). These types of dangers have led to six deaths and more than 300 injuries in the last year alone across the UK.8
Left unchecked, gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Not only can these kill you, they can also result in damage to your home which can run into thousands of pounds to rectify. Common problems associated with faulty or badly maintained gas appliances include black staining on surrounding walls, burst gas pipes, excessive condensation and in extreme cases, house fires and explosions.
Having a gas safety check is a legal requirement for landlords, however for homeowners the onus is on them to get this done. To mark this year’s Gas Safety Week, Gas Safe Register is calling on homeowners to protect themselves and their property by having a safety check.
Jonathan Samuel, chief executive of Gas Safe Register comments:
With the average cost of safety checking your gas boiler at just £48, it’s a small price to pay to keep you and your family safe and prevent damage to your home. While we’re seeing more people getting gas safety checks compared to last year, millions are still taking risks so we’re reminding people to make sure all their gas appliances are safety checked every year.
The public can find out the number of unsafe gas appliances and gas incidents there have been in their local neighbourhood by visiting Gas Safe Register’s interactive gas map at www.staygassafea.co.uk. People can also sign up to a free annual gas safety check reminder service.
To keep you and your family safe, follow Gas Safe Register’s top tips:
- Get your gas appliances safety checked and serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer every year. If you live in rented accommodation your landlord has a legal obligation to get this done.
- Recognise the warning signs that your gas appliances are not working properly including lazy yellow flames and black marks around the appliance.
- Know the symptoms of CO poisoning, including headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.
- 23.9% of 501 homeowners in the UK surveyed in June 2015 by Accent on behalf of Gas Safe Register said they would get their gas appliances safety checked less frequently than once a year. 46 respondents were homeowners in Yorkshire and Humberside, of which 18% said they would get their gas appliances safety checked less frequently than once a year. According to the Department for Energy and Climate Change there are 2,053,627 million gas customers in Yorkshire and Humberside (source: LSOA estimates of households not connected to the gas network: 2013) and so 18% is the equivalent of 369,652 people.
- The average cost of a gas boiler safety check is £48 in Yorkshire and Humberside according to a survey of 98 engineers surveyed across the UK by Accent on behalf of Gas Safe Register in July 2015.
- National Grid attended 67,795 emergency gas call outs from June 2014 – May 2015. This equates to 186 call outs every day over that period. National Grid covers: East Anglia, East Midlands, North West, West Midlands and North London.
- Gas Safe Register has inspected gas work in 15,932 homes in Yorkshire and Humberside (April 2010 – May 2015). One in six homes were found to have an unsafe gas appliance inside.
- 492 (17.4%) of the 2,818 homes inspected by Gas Safe Register in Leeds were found to have an unsafe gas appliance inside.
- 189 (9.3%) of the 2,040 homes inspected by Gas Safe Register in York were found to have an unsafe gas appliance inside.
- 144 (7.8%) of the 1,836 homes inspected by Gas Safe Register in Hull were found to have an unsafe gas appliance inside.