“With the average cost of safety checking your gas boiler at just £70 – 80, it’s a small price to pay to keep you and your family safe and prevent damage to your home.
While we’re seeing more people getting gas safety checks compared to last year, millions are still taking risks so we’re reminding people to make sure all their gas appliances are safety checked every year.”
Across the UK, the West Midlands has the highest number of homes with unsafe gas appliances.
One in four were unsafe compared to the East Midlands where the fewest number of homes with unsafe gas appliances was found (one in nine were unsafe).
Mother of two, Jade Ullrich from Newquay, knows only too well the importance of being aware of potential gas dangers.
After moving into a new property, Jade, like many other gas consumers, did not find out if the gas appliances had been safety checked.
Jade was pregnant at the time,
for around a year she and her family suffered from CO poisoning caused by a poorly maintained gas appliance.
“I feel extremely lucky that my family and I are alive.
When we moved in the gas boiler had not been serviced in 18 months but I was completely unaware of the dangers this posed.
It was only after we all started to suffer from extreme dizziness, tiredness and sickness that I thought something could be wrong.
I called out a registered engineer who condemned the boiler immediately.”
The public can find out the number of unsafe gas appliances and gas incidents there have been in their local neighbourhood by visiting Gas Safe Register’s interactive gas map at StayGasSafe.co.uk.
People can also sign up to a free annual gas safety check reminder service.
To keep you and your family safe, follow Gas Safe Register’s top tips: