As a tenant it is your responsibility to make sure that all of the gas appliances within your home are safe to use and any issues you experience with them should be promptly reported to your landlord. You will also be required to allow access to the Gas Safe Engineers to carry out any repairs and the annual gas safety inspection in order to obtain the CP12 certificate. Following these easy steps should help ensure you comply with Gas Safety Regulations.
Arrange A Gas Safe Engineer – If you are just moving into a rented property then you should check all the gas appliances that you are taking in with you as well as double checking the existing gas appliances as it is not wise to just assume they are safe. You should get a copy of the CP12 certificate from your landlord and arrange for a gas safe engineer to check all of your gas appliances prior to moving into the property.
Recognise Warning Signs For Gas Appliances – When checking your gas appliances you should look for, cracks, leaks, and any black marks as all of these could indicate that there is a problem. If you do notice any problems then contact a gas safe engineer to come and carry out repairs. You should also only use your gas appliances for their intended purpose as misuse of gas appliances can result in gas leaks. If you smell gas in your home then open all windows and doors to allow sufficient ventilation and step outside your property and call the emergency gas line on 0800 111 999.
Carbon Monoxide Protection – Any faulty gas appliances in your property can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. This is a silent, clear and odourless gas that can be fatal if inhaled. Therefore, it is always advised that you have a C02 alarm installed within your home so that any carbon monoxide leaks can be detected and give you warning before it is too late. Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include, headaches, nausea, dizziness, breathlessness, collapse and a loss of consciousness.