by Ninder Kaur
Nearly 370,000 people in Yorkshire and Humberside are putting their health and finances at risk by not getting their gas appliances safety checked every year – which, according to a new survey among gas engineers in Yorkshire and Humberside, costs as little as £48.2
In the last year, there have been more than 67,000 gas emergency call outs to homes in the UK, the equivalent of 186 every day. On top of which, the gas authority – Gas Safe Register – has found dangerous gas appliances lurking in one in six of the 15,932 homes it has inspected in Yorkshire and Humberside in the past five years.
Across the region, Leeds has the highest number of homes with unsafe gas appliances (one in five were unsafe) compared to York (one in 106) and Hull where the fewest number of homes with unsafe gas appliances was found (one in 127). These types of dangers have led to six deaths and more than 300 injuries in the last year alone across the UK.
If left unchecked, gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Not only can these kill you, they can also result in damage to your home which can run into thousands of pounds to rectify.
Having a gas safety check is a legal requirement for landlords, however for homeowners the onus is on them to get this done. To mark this year’s Gas Safety Week which takes place on 14-20 September, Gas Safe Register is calling on homeowners to protect themselves and their property by having a safety check.
Jonathan Samuel, chief executive of Gas Safe Register comments: “With the average cost of safety checking your gas boiler at just £48, 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.”