Optima: Helping Keep Milton Keynes Safe for Gas Safety Week!

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In support of Gas Safety Week (19-25 September 2016), we are campaigning to raise awareness of gas safety issues and urge local residents to support the most vulnerable in society in order to keep them safe.

Gas Safety Week aims to encourage people from Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas to reach out to friends and family, be they elderly parents or a disabled neighbour, to ensure they get their gas appliances – along with their own – checked at least once a year. Poorly maintained gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. In the last year, at least 55,200 homes in the UK escaped deadly gas incidents such as these, thanks to engineers switching off dangerous appliances.

By law, only Gas Safe registered engineers can work on gas appliances. There have been 22 deaths and nearly 1,000 gas-related injuries in the last three years. An estimated quarter of a million illegal gas jobs are carried out every year by unregistered workers who do not have the skills or the qualifications to do the job safely. It’s therefore vital you make sure your engineer is registered with the official gas authority, the Gas Safe Register. Gas Safe Engineer

The Optima team will be campaigning at the Milton Keynes Zumbathon on 18th September (9am – 11am), taking place in Middleton Hall in the Centre:MK in aid of Willen Hospice, and will be offering gas safety advice as well as a special £50 boiler service offer – which includes a free carbon monoxide detector for those who book a boiler service with us in Gas Safety Week.

Andy Flook, Gas Safe engineer at Optima, said: “All too often we go to people’s homes and find unsafe gas appliances that are seriously in need of a service or have been worked on by illegal, non-Gas Safe fitters. In most cases residents are unaware of the dangers they and their family could encounter. For this reason, we’re pledging our support for Gas Safety Week and doing our bit to raise awareness of gas safety issues among the public in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas to let residents know what steps they can take to keep themselves safe.”

Jonathan Samuel, managing director for Gas Safe Register, said: “We know from our own investigations that around one in six gas appliances in the UK are unsafe, meaning far too many people are victims of preventable gas related incidents. It’s great to have the support of Optima this Gas Safety Week. By working together we can raise further awareness of gas safety, to help reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances that could be lurking in people’s homes.”

Reach out to those who need help keeping gas safe at home by following these top tips:

  • Help them to sign up to a free annual gas safety check reminder service at staygassafe.co.uk. You could even sign up on their behalf, so the reminder is sent to you each year
  • Make them aware of the signs that an unsafe gas appliance could cause:
    • A lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame; soot or staining on or around the appliance; excess condensation in the room
    • Carbon monoxide (CO) has no smell, taste or colour. The symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness, which can easily be mistaken for something else
  • Make sure they know to ‘Trust the Triangle’ by asking to see their engineer’s Gas Safe ID card and checking it to make sure the engineer is covered to check or fit the appliance in question.

If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24 hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999. Please note, the Gas Safety Week boiler service offer has now expired.


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