Gas Safety In The Home

About Gas Safety and Appliances in the home

 

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In the UK, gas appliances must be installed by a registered engineer who is Gas Safe Registered. Registration involves an examination of the applicant's competence in specific areas. This ensures that those individuals who work with gas have at least a minimum understanding of its dangers and how to deal safely with it. In addition to this, "Gas Safe Register" is a database of all those who are registered and approved. This service allows consumers (in fact their local authorities) to check that the person involved with any gas-fitting work is appropriately qualified. Gas safety in the home thus includes not just householders: it also covers small businesses, builders and servicemen.

 

Domestic appliances such as these can be fitted outside if they meet certain conditions concerning minimum distance from property boundaries. If the property has a 'mains' supply then typically it will be safe to install their own appliances on private land behind their garden wall – so long as they are at least 3 metres from the wall itself.

 

In many areas some people still to this day use bottled gas for cooking. This commonly takes the form of propane or butane and is used in portable appliances such as barbecues, camping stoves and coffee makers. There are also substantial numbers of households who have gas-powered heating (or a boiler) to supplement their mains water supply. If this is the case then they must make sure that these appliances are fitted by a Gas Safe Registered engineer, just like those found inside properties connected to the national grid company's distribution network - even if it means that they need to contract two experts to do it properly: one for each type of work.

 

According to the Health and Safety Executive, any householder planning to replace an existing gas appliance is not permitted to do so until they have received a safety inspection from an engineer registered with Gas Safe Register.

 

Gas safety in the home has also been linked to gas company "fusible plugs". These are designed to act as a fail-safe device in the event of a major gas leak: when activated, they melt and thus shut off any further leakage after a few minutes - even if no one is present at the property to take appropriate action. All homes (and some businesses) with gas lines are thought to require them, although there can be complications arising if properties are re-wired: in addition, other areas may have different regulations concerning their presence.

 

Furthermore, "overpressure relief valves" built into mains distribution networks will similarly automatically cut off supplies if there is any build-up of excess gas inside them. This safety device has been in use since the 1940s, when Lord Rothschild's government introduced it to get around a shortage of copper pipes needed for new houses. Later on this was updated by "blow-out prevention valves" which can automatically manage over-pressures by venting them outside - even if people are present inside those properties: these have replaced the original design over time owing to their added safety features. In addition, fire & rescue services also operate gas meters built into private and public buildings that can be used to cut off supplies in emergencies (which may arise during industrial or domestic fires), including back-fired boilers, water heaters and gas dryers

 

Gas safety laws became mandatory on 1 January 2005 for all heating installations. The legislation states that any person installing or replacing a boiler, cooker, fire or other domestic appliance must either be Gas Safe Registered themselves; or employ someone who is Gas Safe Registered to do this work for them (the latter being known as 'employee certification'). Failure to adhere to these rules can result in prosecution leading to fines of up to £5,000 per offence.

 

In addition, from October 2015 non-domestic properties were required to have a check carried out on gas appliances every twelve months. Before this point the frequency of inspection was reduced for larger companies and public buildings - where annual checks were deemed enough for their purposes (although supervision by a Gas Safe Registered engineer is still obligatory). In 2016 inspections carried out prior to flue connection on certain types of boilers were also made mandatory.

 

The Gas Safe Register do offer advice to homeowners as well as businesses on how to obtain a safety certificate for their gas appliances. One method of doing this is through the Appliance Testing Programme, whereby particularly sensitive equipment such as ovens and cookers are analysed in advance. The other is by requesting an inspection via a general homecheck: during these visits every appliance within the property can be assessed at leisure (the most time-consuming part being opening up boiler flues). Another method is to employ engineers who have been recommended via word-of-mouth or by reading reviews online - although it's worth noting that there have been discussions concerning potential conflicts of interest here since not all companies provide quotes beforehand (and thus consumers must pay before seeing any.

 

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