Barnsley Council’s Environmental Health Officers say “Watch out, we’re tackling illegal gas work”

Barnsley Council has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (17-23 September 2018) and will be raising awareness about the importance of gas safety in kitchens across the borough.

The eighth annual Gas Safety Week sees organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

This year, Gas Safety Week is addressing a whole range of gas safety matters throughout the week, from tackling illegal gas work to reminding people to avoid DIY when it comes to gas appliances and instead leave it to the experts – registered engineers who are legally qualified to make sure your appliances are working safely and efficiently.

Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “This week our focus will be on tackling those irresponsible caterers who continue to put profit before safety. Our officers will be ensuring that only suitably qualified and registered gas engineers work on commercial gas systems in kitchens, cafes and takeaways.

 “We know that most businesses will do the right thing and only use Gas Safe Registered engineers to check and maintain their gas systems. A minority of managers who put lives at risk by using unqualified gas fitters need to watch out, they must always check on the Gas Safe Register before allowing work to be carried out.”

Last month rogue gas engineer Richard Trezise was jailed after an investigation by officers from Barnsley MBC revealed illegal gas work in Barnsley businesses that did not check his gas safe registration.”

Jonathan Samuel, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said:It’s great to see so many people supporting Gas Safety Week this year to help spread important and, in some cases, lifesaving advice about gas safety. It’s so vital that we help people to know not to cut corners with gas and always ask a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.”

The message from Barnsley Council and Gas Safe Register is Watch out! If they are not on the Gas Safe Register, then they are an illegal fitter.

Keep up-to-date with Gas Safe Register’s updates and advice throughout Gas Safety Week by following them on social media (Facebook, Twitter @GasSafeRegister and Instagram) and search #GSW18.

You can find a registered engineer in your area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or by calling on 0800 408 5500.

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