CityWest Homes is supporting Gas Safety Week 2018

Engineer checking a boiler

CityWest Homes has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (17th-23rd September 2018).

The eighth annual Gas Safety Week sees organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

This year, Gas Safety Week is addressing a whole range of gas safety matters throughout the week, from tackling illegal gas work to reminding people to avoid DIY when it comes to gas appliances and instead leave it the experts – registered engineers who are legally qualified to make sure your appliances are working safely and efficiently.

Earlier in 2018, CityWest Homes became gas safe registered, meaning that the organisation’s own engineers are now qualified to carry out gas safety checks rather than totally relying on external contractors.

Jim Paterson, Director of Property Services at CityWest Homes said:

“Keeping residents safe and comfortable in their homes is our number one priority and being vigilant with gas safety is just one way we do this.

“As well as becoming gas safe registered, we have been using new technology to ensure gas safety compliancy in our properties, installing tags which use the same technology as contactless payment and automatically provide alerts relating to maintenance and safety checks.

“This allows us to be even more proactive in our approach to gas safety and make sure our residents feel safe in their homes.”

Jonathan Samuel, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said:

“It’s great to see so many people supporting Gas Safety Week this year to help spread important and, in some cases, lifesaving advice about gas safety. It’s so vital that we help people to know not to cut corners with gas and always ask a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to work on gas appliances at their home to stay gas safe.”

To keep you and your family safe, follow Gas Safe Register’s top tips:

  • 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.
  • ‘Don’t cut corners’ and 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.
  • If we get in touch to arrange a gas safety check in your home, please be proactive in helping us, so we can continue to ensure your safety.