Nearly 370,000 people in Yorkshire and Humberside are putting their health and finances at risk by not getting their gas appliances safety checked every year, according to a new survey.
In the last year there have been more than 67,000 gas emergency call outs to homes in the UK, the equivalent of 186 every day.
On top of the new findings, the gas authority – Gas Safe Register – found dangerous gas appliances lurking in one in six of the 15,932 homes it has inspected in Yorkshire and Humberside in the past five years. A boiler check cost as little as £48.
Leeds has the highest number of homes with unsafe gas appliances across the region, with one in five found to be unsafe. York had one in ten while Hull had the fewest number of homes with unsafe gas appliances with one in 12.
These types of dangers have led to six deaths and more than 300 injuries in the last year alone across the UK.
A spokesman for the safety body said: “Left unchecked, gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Not only can these kill you, they can also result in damage to your home which can run into thousands of pounds to rectify. Common problems associated with faulty or badly maintained gas appliances include black staining on surrounding walls, burst gas pipes, excessive condensation and in extreme cases, house fires and explosions.”
Having a gas safety check is a legal requirement for landlords, however for homeowners the onus is on them to get this done. To mark this year’s Gas Safety Week, which started yesterday, Gas Safe Register is calling on homeowners to protect themselves and their property by having a safety check.
Jonathan Samuel, chief executive of Gas Safe Register said: “With the average cost of safety checking your gas boiler at just £48, it’s a small price to pay to keep you and your family safe and prevent damage to your home. While we’re seeing more people getting gas safety checks compared to last year, millions are still taking risks so we’re reminding people to make sure all their gas appliances are safety checked every year.”
Gas Safe Register is the registration body appointed by the Health and Safety Executive to manage the gas safety register in Great Britain. The register of more than 125,000 gas engineers held by the safety body aims to protect people from unsafe gas work.
The public can also find out the number of unsafe gas appliances and gas incidents there have been in their neighbourhood by interactive gas map at www.staygassafe.co.uk. People can also sign up to a free annual gas safety check reminder service.