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We're all over Gas Safety Week, are you?

Monday 03 September 2018

ARLA Propertymark are proud to be supporting the eighth Gas Safety Week, which is taking place on 17 – 23 September 2018.

Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is coordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.  

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. CO is a highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly with no warning, as you cannot see it, taste it or smell it. It is common for people to mistake the symptoms of CO poisoning – headaches, nausea, breathlessness, dizziness, collapse, and loss of consciousness – with the flu, food poisoning or fatigue.

Estate agents and letting agents have a direct route to gas consumers and can offer potentially lifesaving advice, whether encouraging tenants to know what their legal rights are when it comes to gas safety, or making homeowners aware of the importance of having their gas appliances checked by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.

Show your support for Gas Safety Week by joining thousands of others who have pledged support at GasSafetyWeek.co.uk. Once you’ve pledged you will receive a free toolkit of materials to help you get started, including web banners, articles, pre-written social media updates, images and much more.    

Jonathan Samuel, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said: “It’s great to see so many people supporting Gas Safety Week to help spread important gas safety advice. Although gas safety is important 365 days a year, by focusing our communications in one week we are more likely to reach a wider audience and have a greater impact.”

If you’re stuck for ideas of how you can get involved, take a look at last year’s roundup of what went on. Activities run by estate and letting agents included internal communications informing their own employees of how to stay safe at home, free CO alarm giveaways, videos for tenants emphasising the importance of allowing access for vital gas safety checks, and tons of top tips on social media.

This year, Gas Safety Week will be focusing on a different theme each day – Wednesday 19 September will focus on responsible renting and ensuring tenants are aware of their rights. Keep an eye out across social media and get involved using #GSW18. Remember to follow @GasSafetyWeek and @GasSafeRegister on Twitter for all the latest updates. You can also visit GasSafetyWeek.co.uk for further information.

Your legal responsibilities

Beside that fact of wanting to go above and beyond for your clients, you must remember your responsibilities as a lettings agent and the consequences to you or your business of failing to comply with the law. This Health and Safety Executive case, is a recent example which demonstates how the authorities are coming down hard on landlords or letting agents who put the safety of tenants at risk. The landlord in question received a custodial sentence for failing to maintain gas appliances and not providing a Landlords Gas Safety Certificate.  

Don't forget, to help you, we also have our own members' only Fact Sheets on Legal Responsibilities for Gas Safety, Gas Regulations - Do Not Use notices and Installation of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms  to help you understand your responsibilities. 

Keep us in the loop

Finally, don't forget to let us know what you've been doing to support the campaign. Tweet us @arla_uk or drop us an email - ppm@propertymark.co.uk and include pics if possible!