Gas Safety
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 People consider their home t be the safest place on the planet, even if it is not a hundred percent guaranteed. Your dwelling needs improvements every year. It not only increases the practicality of your property but also gives a new look to it.

Making home improvements can be a good idea, but there are many things that cannot be overlooked to during this process. Gas safety should be at the top while making home improvements.

This content will guide you on every point you need to know about gas safety when planning to improve your dwelling. Working with gas is extremely dangerous. Following the below-mentioned tips can help avoid any expensive or life-threatening mistakes.

1.    Get a Gas Safety Certificate from a Gas Safety Engineer

The increasing number of accidents that involved gas explosions in homes has compelled the UK government to pass a law for the safety of the people. According to this law, every landlord should call a gas safety engineer every year for inspection and obtain a gas safety certificate. This rule is implemented in both situations, either the person wants to live in the house or wants to improve the condition of the property to give it out for rent or sell it.

A Gas safe certification makes a property protected and increase its worth.  This certificate shows that the gas safe engineer has tested all the gas appliances plus fittings or flues in the home.  The gas safety engineer gives you the certificate that makes sure that all the gas appliances are in  working conditions and there is no leakage. A gas safety certificate costs £35 to £150 depending on the size of the home, and several gas appliances are fitted inside.

2.    Never Experiment with Gas Appliances

Your life is more precious than the money you spend on different things. If you are thinking to do DIY on gas appliances or gas-related projects, there is a big NO for it. Do not save money in this sector. Leave it to professionals. Always remember saving money in this situation could bring more harm than the amount you are saving.

You cannot do DIYs with the gas appliance, because these are too technical and dangerous too. A registered gas safety engineer is an expert in dealing with projects of gas safety. They have knowledge and tools, that a common man does not know how to use and should not take a risk with.

3.    Make Sure to Get a New Gas Compliance Certificate

When improving your home, if you have installed a new gas appliance, make sure to get the compliance certificate for it. According to the Fantastic Gas Certificates, your hired gas safety engineer will apply for the new compliance certificate, and the local authority will provide it to you.  The new compliance certificate is not only important for your safety but also to increase the worth of your property. 

4.    Install a Fire Extinguisher

A fire extinguisher is not only for huge buildings. You must always keep one  A-B-C fire extinguisher at home, that can be used in any unforeseen accident that involves fire. Besides, you should also know how to use it. A fire extinguisher helps to take the situation under control. In case of a fire outbreak during the home improvement,  the damages can be minimized to a major extent with a fire extinguisher. Keep a check on the date of expiry of the fire extinguisher to stay safe.

5.    Install a Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Carbon Monoxide is a slow poison. It cannot be detected as it is odorless and colorless. So,the Carbon monoxide alarms detect the leaks of the carbon monoxide gas. When building a new house,  or making home improvements, it is advised to install a Carbon Monoxide alarm, to detect any leaks coming from a gas appliance. This is for your safety!

6.    Ensure Proper Ventilation

The inhibits become safer in a well-ventilated home. The circulation of air is not just important for gas work, but the fumes and smells from paints, varnishes, and stripping agents, can be dangerous too. The existing home can be made ventilated by increasing the number of windows, especially near gas appliances.

7.    Involve Your Property Contractor

If you want to make home improvements, do not take a risk with the gas appliances. Reach out to your property consultant, and make sure they have a registered gas safety engineer on the team.  The gas safety engineer will do all the checks to make sure all the gas appliances are in working conditions, and there are no leaks and flues.  

Conclusion –Gas Safety during Home Improvements

Following these tips can help make the process of adding home improvements more safe for not only you but also the people that you hired to do the work. Gas Safety should be one of your top priorities. If you are thinking of making home improvements this year, do not forget about gas safety. It should be one of your top priorities.