Frequently Asked Questions
It is illegal for anyone to use a gas appliance if they suspect it is unsafe. Turn the appliance off and do not touch it until it has been checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer .
If you suspect there is a gas leak you should immediately do the following:
- Call National Grid’s Gas Emergency Freephone number: 0800 111 999
- Open all the doors and windows
- Shut off the gas supply at the meter control valve (if you know where it is)
Since 31 October 1998, any room converted to use as sleeping accommodation should not contain the following types of gas appliances:
- A gas fire, gas space heater or a gas water heater (including a gas boiler) over 14 kilowatts gross input unless it is room sealed.
- A gas fire, gas space heater, or a gas water heater (including a gas boiler) of 14 kilowatts gross input or less or any instantaneous water heater unless it is room sealed or has an atmosphere-sensing device.
If a room contains one or more of the above appliances and was used as a bedroom prior to 1998 then you will need to do a risk assessment to determine if it can still be used as a bedroom. If you are unsure of the safety of any gas appliance you should get a Gas Safe registered engineer to check it for you.
To help operate safely, all gas appliances need the following:
- An adequate supply of air to help the complete combustion of gas;
- efficient operation of their flue to remove any combustion products, including carbon monoxide (CO), that are produced
Without these safety precautions dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can build up with the possibility of fatal consequences. There are some easy ways to help avoid the build up of carbon monoxide poisoning:
- never block ventilation;
- ensure that flues are kept clear at all times;
- Have your appliance regularly maintained and annually serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
All Gas Safe registered engineers carry ID cards which tell you which appliances they are qualified to work on.
You can check that the engineer or the business is on the Gas Safe Register website .
If you have shared ownership of your property and the lease is for longer than 7 years the housing company does not have landlord’s duties under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GS(IU)R 98). In this situation you would have the same responsibilities as a homeowner.
In situations where a lease is shorter than 7 years then the housing company would be classified as a landlord under GS(IU)R 98. The contract between you and the housing company should clearly state who is responsible for the associated duties for domestic gas safety.