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Gas Safety Week

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) is marking Gas Safety Week (September 19 -25) by issuing gas safety advice.

Between July 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016, the Service's crews attended 104 fires that were ignited by the gas mains.

These fires could have been prevented taking simple steps.

To keep you and your family safe, ECFRS has issued the following safety advice:

• Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances. You can find and check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk call 0800 408 5500.

• Check both sides of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.

• Have all your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year. If you rent your home ask your for a copy of the landlord’s current Gas Safety Record.

• Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions.

• Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.

Most importantly, get a working smoke alarm by our fire service. ECFRS wants 100% of homes in Essex to have a working smoke alarm.

To get your FREE smoke alarm and home fire safety visit call us on 0300 303 0088 or click here.

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