Winter Is Coming – Now Is The Time To Get A Heating Health Check
During Gas Safety Week advice from TrustMark and its scheme operator B&ES (the Building & Engineering Services Association) on the importance of boiler safety and efficiency.
Gas is the most commonly used fuel for home heating systems across the country and, although completely safe in principle, a lack of routine maintenance means that around 50 people still needlessly die every year with hundreds more made seriously ill from preventable carbon monoxide poisoning.
Roderick Pettigrew, Chief Executive of B&ES, one of the first organisations to be appointed a TrustMark scheme operator when it was launched in 2006, comments, “Regrettably, too many homeowners rely on old or inefficient boilers or heaters and research shows that 1 in 4 gas-fired appliances in use around the UK are potentially dangerous. More than two thirds of reported cases of carbon monoxide poisoning are connected to central heating appliances and half of these are older central heating boilers.
“If your boiler or other gas appliances like a cooker or gas-fired heater are more three years old or have been infrequently serviced in the past, we strongly advise that you contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to have them inspected and serviced.
“Whilst safety is the first priority, with energy bills at stubbornly high levels and the average household dual fuel bill now around £1,300, it really is false economy to forgo what should be an annual service
and safety check – a well maintained boiler burns up to 10% less fuel than a poorly maintained one and that can mean very important energy savings”.
Stuart Carter, Head of Marketing at TrustMark, said: “Gas Safety Week is a great campaign and a critically important message to drive home to all homeowners. We would advise anyone who is thinking of having any work carried out on their boilers to only use reputable firms they know or that have been assessed and qualified. By employing a TrustMark registered heating engineer consumers have assurance that the work will be carried out to a consistently high professional standard and will be done in the best way to ensure a safe job.”