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Gas safety concern for businesses

You should only use a registered gas engineer Photo: Press Association

Businesses and the public in Scarborough are being called on to check their gas appliances are safe.

The Borough Council's Environmental Services team is supporting Gas Safety Week 2012. During the week events will be taking place to raise awareness of gas safety and the Gas Safe Register, which is the official list of registered gas engineers.

Every year, far too many people suffer from preventable gas related accidents, such as gas leaks, explosions, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. In the last year alone 18 people died and a further 399 were hospitalised. With Gas Safety Week we want to encourage the public to only use Gas Safe registered engineers to fit, fix and service their gas appliances and to raise awareness of the importance of having an annual gas safety check.

If maintained and installed properly, gas appliances are safe. If neglected, gas appliances can kilI. In Gas Safety Week we want everyone to find out when they last had all of their gas appliances, including cookers, fires and boilers, checked. If this was over a year ago, you should get them checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer as soon as possible to help ensure your family and home are safe.

– Paul Johnston, Chief Executive at Gas Safe Register

Gas Safety Week gives us the opportunity to put gas safety at the top of everyone's priority list. Making sure your gas appliances are safe to use could save your life. Alongside Gas Safe Register we want people to understand the real risks unsafe gas work poses and help people to stay gas safe.

– Steve Pogson, Health and Community Safety Manager at Scarborough Borough Council

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