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How to be “Gas Safe”? 13 September 2011

Do you know about the Gas Safe Register? The Department of Infrastructure and the Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading want to make sure that consumers understand the dangers of badly installed or serviced domestic gas appliances.

The Gas Safe Register – which replaced CORGI - is the official body for gas safety in Great Britain and the Isle of Man. This means that whenever a gas engineer carries out work on your property, by law they must be on the Gas Safe Register.

Gas safety in the home and workplace is not something you can compromise. If you don’t have your gas appliances installed repaired or serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer you are risking your life. The Gas Safe Register exists to ensure gas safety for you, your family and your property.

If gas appliances are not installed properly or serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer it can lead to gas leaks that cause fire, explosion and carbon monoxide poisoning. The effects of this can be serious injuries, long term health problems and death.

Not all gas engineers are qualified to do all types of gas work. All Gas Safe registered engineers carry a Gas Safe Register ID card, with their own unique license number, showing the type of work they are qualified to do. Before any gas work is carried out always make sure you ask to see their card and check the front and the back.

If you want to check the qualifications of an engineer or find an engineer in your area you should visit the Gas Safe Register website www.gassaferegister.co.uk or telephone 0800 408 5500.

Consumers can speak directly to an expert from the Isle of Man Gas Safe Register at B&Q on Wednesday (14th) morning.

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