Heating, Heating Articles|October 26, 2011 8:00 am

What is the Gas Safe Register?

Many established plumbing and heating companies, including PGS Plumbers, will boast that their engineers are Gas Safe registered. What does this actually mean though? This blog post will briefly outline what the Gas Safe Register is and why it is crucial that our engineers are registered.

On April 1st 2010 the CORGI (Council for Registered Gas Installers) trust changed its name to the Gas Safe Register to more accurately represent what it stands for. Gas Safe registered engineers are the only engineers in the country that are legally qualified to work on domestic gas appliance installation and repair. Due to the high-risk nature of the work, it was decided in 2006 by the Government Health and Safety Executive that the gas registration scheme at the time had to be redesigned and as a result Capita, the company that owns CORGI/Gas Safe, was given the contract for this.

So what makes a Gas Safe Registered Engineer special?

Gas Safe Registered engineers have been trained to both the highest safety and technical standards. This ensures that the work they complete will not put you or your family in danger from Carbon Monoxide¬†poisoning or Gas explosions. When he or she arrives at your door, make sure you check your Gas Engineer’s Gas Safe Register card, which will look like this:

Gas Safe Card

If you engineer cannot produce the card, it is crucial that you do not let them perform any work on your gas appliance as it could be putting your life in danger. To emphasise how crucial this is, here is a picture of how much damage a gas explosion can cause:

Gas explosion aftermath

Ok, you get the point…

At PGS Plumbers we advise that you get your gas appliances such as your Fire, Hob, Oven and Boiler serviced at least once a year. When you have a Gas Safety engineer check these appliances they will look for the few key things:

  • Is the appliance burning properly (If the flame is yellow rather than a crisp blue, then there is a problem)
  • Is the appliance producing Carbon Monoxide?
  • Any harmful gases are being extracted efficiently
  • Ventilation routes are not blocked
  • Any Carbon Monoxide and other devices are working correctly.

PGS Plumbers London offer a team of 100% qualified and Gas Safe registered engineers and will be able to perform any of the work or tasks mentioned in this Blog post. You can find more information on the Gas Safe Register by clicking here.

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