Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer
Unscrupulous rogue traders are capitalising on a rising elderly population and the impact of the credit crunch, warned Gas Safe Register and Trading Standards Institute. Advice for householders is simple – be on the alert for anyone who claims to be a registered gas engineer.
Dishonest traders who make false claims about their qualifications and carry out unsafe gas work could leave hundreds of Kent householders in danger every year. A survey carried out for Gas Safe Register, revealed that more than half of householders trust their gas engineer is registered and qualified without ever checking their credentials.
An estimated 20,000 gas installers are operating illegally in Great Britain. Only Gas Safe registered engineers are able by law to carry out gas work in the home. Gas Safe Register has see an increase in the number of legal and competent engineers to 126,000 across Great Britain and the Isle of Man, exceeding by several thousand the number of installers registered on the previous scheme.
Every Gas Safe registered engineer has a photo ID card with a unique licence number, and details of the work they are qualified to do. To check this information simply enter the engineer’s licence number on the website or call the helpline on 0800 408 5500.
“There are no second chances with gas,” warns Peter Eldridge, chief executive of Gas Safe Register:
“Saving pennies by using an illegal installer could cost yours and your family’s lives. Badly installed, repaired and maintained gas appliances can cause fires, explosions, gas escapes and CO poisoning, all of which can kill. In 2008, hundreds of families were affected by careless gas work and 14 people died from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning alone, so it’s vital that householders should only employ Gas Safe registered engineers that are qualified and competent for the job.
The Trading Standards Institute, whose members work closely with police and community groups to raise awareness of rogue traders, are delighted that Gas Safe Register is campaigning to make Great Britain gas safe. A Trading Standards Institute spokesperson said: “Rogue traders will always seize an opportunity to carry out shoddy work and rip-off householders. Gas installation work is no exception and in addition to being ripped off people’s lives are put at risk. We would advise all residents to ensure they only use a gas engineer who carries the Gas Safe card.
If you need to contact a Kent Based Gas Safe Registered company carrying out Central heating and gas appliance service, repair and installation, call Us on 01732 885882 or if you need to find and check a Gas Safe registered engineer in a different area visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.