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Efforts to educate people about need for gas safety

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

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HEALTH and safety chiefs have revealed that one in four homes in East Staffordshire have an unsafe gas appliance installed.

The shocking figures were released as part of a drive by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Gas Safe Register to make sure people are regular checking their appliances but also making sure that homeowners are not using unregistered gas fitters.

This comes after the Mail reported how Glenn Edkins, from Barton under Needwood, was handed a prison sentence for carrying out faulty work at a home in the village in November 2012 using a false Gas Safe registration number.

An inspection from a registered engineer found potential deadly defects in Edkins’ work which could have caused an explosion.

Chief executive of Gas Safe Register Russell Kramer said: “Illegal fitters put lives in danger – with one in five illegal gas jobs investigated by the register found to be in an immediately dangerous state.

“You can check whether an individual is registered by asking to see their Gas Safe ID card or by calling Gas Safe Register on 0800 408 5500 or by visiting the website www.gassaferegister.co.uk.”

It was also revealed that one in 10 homes in South Derbyshire were found to be fitted with an unsafe gas appliance.

HSE inspector Lyn Spooner said: “HSE would encourage all homeowners and landlords to ensure they only use Gas Safe registered engineers and to check whether an engineer is registered before any work commences.

“Gas safety remains a priority for HSE and we will continue to bring illegal gas fitters to justice when we become aware of those who place lives in danger and show a blatant disregard for the law.”

The recent study also revealed that more than nine in 10 gas consumers in the area cannot identify deadly appliances.

Gas Safe Register showed people 10 photographs of gas appliances.

Eight were life threatening and two were completely safe.

Worryingly, nearly all respondents (95 per cent) thought at least one of the potentially deadly appliances was safe.

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