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Get Involved: Gas Safety Week 2021 – 13th-19th September!

Join Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service next week for Gas Safety Week 2021, as we aim to raise public awareness of gas safety and the huge risks involved.

Watch the short film created by the Gas Safe Register to demonstrate the ripple effect that a small slip-up can have on your family and loved ones as well as your community…

https://www.youtube.com/embed/WEmeIIoBRhc

Pledge your support for Gas Safety Week as we have done, here.

Think your home is safe?

Visit https://www.staygassafe.co.uk/ and enter your postcode to find out how safe your area and your home really is. The Gas Map will show you which dangerous gas appliances have been found in your area that could affect you. Unsafe gas appliances could cause carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks and even fires or explosions.

Carbon Monoxide- what do you need to know?

Carbon monoxide can be released when gas appliances have not been properly maintained and do not burn gas completely. Carbon monoxide (CO) is poisonous and can cause serious illness or death without warning. This is because it is impossible to sense as it has no smell, colour or taste.

To stay safe from carbon monoxide poisoning, please ensure that your gas appliances are checked regularly by a registered engineer, and that you have fitted a carbon monoxide alarm in your home. This should be marked EN 50291.

If you suspect Carbon Monoxide poisoning or a leak:

  • Call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999 for advice and support.
  • Get fresh air immediately. Open doors and windows, turn off gas appliances and leave the house.
  • Seek advice from a medical professional (GP or hospital) - let them know that you suspect CO poisoning. They can do a blood or breath test to check. Seek advice from a veterinary practice for your pets.
  • Ask a Gas Safe registered engineer to inspect your gas appliances and flues to see if there is a dangerous problem.

For more information on Carbon Monoxide Safety visit https://www.bedsfire.gov.uk/Community-safety/Home-safety/Carbon-Monoxide-dangers.aspx