30th October 2019
30th October 2019
Safety at home is the responsibility of everyone, whether you are a private homeowner, landlord or tenant. Gas safety is of primary importance. It is the responsibility of the property owner (landlord), to keep the gas appliances, efficient and safe in their property. It is common sense for tenants who live in the property, to ensure they are aware that gas appliances in their accommodation comply with gas safety regulations and that they’re safe and running at their optimum level.
Unchecked gas appliances may have faults, which lead to gas leaks, explosions, fires or Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Having your gas appliances checked by a gas safe registered engineer is paramount for safety. It is your landlord’s legal responsibility but it’s your health and safety that’s at risk. Most tenants will not be qualified and registered gas engineers so read on for some helpful home tips and specifically gas safe tips, to ensure you stay gas safe.
The first thing to check is that your property has a current gas safety record or Landlords’ Gas Safety Record (LGSR Certificate). The LSGR certificate is sometimes known as a CP12. Despite the different names, they are essentially the same document.
It is a legal requirement for all landlords to have the gas appliances in their property checked, serviced and tested annually by a qualified gas engineer, who is on the gas safety register. Once this is completed, the gas service engineer will issue a Landlords’ Gas Safety Record certificate (LGSR Certificate). If you have not seen this, ask your landlord or his agent, can I get a copy of my gas safe certificate.
Once you have sight of your property’s LSGR certificate, Do you know what it should include? Make sure you stay gas safe. Here are some points to remember:
Make sure the gas engineer is gas safe registered by checking the name and registration number on their ID card. On the back of the ID card, ensure that the gas engineer is qualified for the type of gas work they are undertaking. If in doubt, ring the gas safe register number to check.
Make sure your landlord fits a carbon monoxide alarm near all your gas appliances. Check the batteries on this regularly.
Make sure you are familiar with the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning:
Seek urgent medical advice if you believe you are affected by Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
Knowing what to look out for, to check if your gas appliances are working effectively is important. Any of the following could indicate a fault with your gas appliance.
All of these gas safe tips apply to private homeowners too. Whilst it is not a legal requirement to have a homeowner gas safety certificate, it is prudent to have your gas appliances checked, inspected and serviced annually by a gas safe registered engineer. You will receive a homeowner gas safety certificate, which contains similar information to the LSGR certificate. It is worth noting that this certificate is normally required by your buyers when you are selling your house.
Hometree’s care plans options include annual gas safety checks for private homeowners and Landlords.
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