Do you need help to stay Gas Safe? Advice to help vulnerable people such as the blind is available.
What is Gas Safe Register?
Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are registered to work safely and legally on gas appliances. By law, all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register. It has replaced CORGI registration.
If you are blind you might find the following useful:
- All Gas Safe registered engineers carry an ID card to show you they are Gas Safe registered when they turn up at your door.
- Braille does not confirm an engineer’s identity and is not included on the Gas Safe Register ID card. However the engineer’s licence number is displayed using raised numbers across the middle of the card to make it easier for customers who have restricted vision to check an engineer is registered.
- Use the ‘Find a registered gas business’ service and ‘Check a gas engineer’ service in the panel on the right of this page or call 0800 408 5500.
- Agree with the Gas Safe registered business a password for their engineer to quote when they arrive on your doorstep.
- You could arrange to have a trusted friend or family member present when the gas engineer calls.
Gas safety advice for vulnerable people
Have a gas safety check every year
Get your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year. Annual servicing not only helps keep your heating and hot water working properly, it helps keep you safe.
Are you entitled to a free gas safety check?
You could be entitled to a free gas safety check. Gas suppliers have a duty to provide free gas safety checks to some vulnerable people.
A free gas safety check may apply to home owners on means tested benefits who:
- are elderly, disabled or chronically sick and either live alone or with others who are all elderly, disabled, chronically sick or under 18
- are living with others where at least one child is under 5 years old
- have not had a gas safety check carried out at the premises in the last 12 months
- do not occupy premises where a landlord is responsible for arranging a check under regulations made under the Health and Safety at Work Act
What are the dangers of unsafe gas work?
In the right hands gas is safe, but badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas. It has no taste, colour or smell and it can make you feel seriously ill.
If you are suffering from headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse or loss of consciousness and you don’t know why, it might be a sign of carbon monoxide poisoning and you should see a doctor immediately.
Install a carbon monoxide alarm
Ask a friend, relative or care visitor to help you by installing an audible carbon monoxide alarm in your home.
For people with hearing difficulties, there are a number of specialist carbon monoxide alarms on the market. For advice on which alarm is right for your needs, contact the Council of Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring (CoGDEM) on 0800 1694 457.
Ask for help to spot signs of danger in your home
Ask a friend, relative or care visitor to look at the flame on all your gas appliances, which should always be crisp blue. A lazy, orange flame indicates that carbon monoxide could be produced.
Only use your gas appliances as intended
It is dangerous to use your gas cooker as a form of heating. Do not block air vents and chimneys to stop draughts – they might be essential for your gas appliances to work safely.