What is the Gas Safe Register?
You might have heard of the Gas Safe Register. In 2009, this organisation supplanted CORGI as the body all gas engineers must register with if they are to work on gas fittings and appliances.
It is actually illegal for people to perform any installation, maintenance, servicing or repair work on any gas fitting or appliance they are not registered to work on, and custodial sentences for rule-breakers are a possibility.
CORGI and the Gas Safe Register were set up to establish essential health and safety standards for gas engineers, and have significantly reduced the number of gas leaks, fires, explosions and cases of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by cookers, boilers, fires and other gas appliances. There are currently more than 125, 000 engineers on this register, but there are still tens of thousands of illegal gas fitters operating in the UK today.
The organisation does not just hold details of the UK’s engineers; it also regularly inspects their work, investigates any breaches of relevant regulations, and raises awareness of issues surrounding gas safety. When it discovers that someone is operating outside of the law, the Gas Safe Register refers them to the Health and Safety Executive, which may commence a prosecution.
It is run by Capita Gas Registration and Ancillary Services Limited.
Choosing a Gas Safe registered engineer
It is vital for people to ensure they choose a Gas Safe-engineer whenever they need a gas appliance installed, serviced or repaired. Rogue traders who work on gas appliances are almost without fail unable to perform the work safely and properly, and their work frequently poses an immediate risk to their customers.
But some cowboys falsely claim to be Gas Safe-registered, using the logo on their website and documentation and even providing their customers with fake registration numbers. The best way to avoid falling for these conmen is to ask to see their Gas Safe ID card and to check their registration details on the Gas Safe Register’s website.
If you find an engineer who is falsely purporting to be on Gas Safe registered, then contact the Gas Safe Register and report them! Your report could save someone’s life. If you have had gas work performed by an unregistered engineer, the organisation will even send someone to your property to take a look at your appliances, identify any defects, and advise you about how to resolve these problems and keep you and your family safe.
Are 24|7 Home Rescue’s engineers Gas Safe?
The safety of our members is our biggest priority, and we therefore guarantee that all of our engineers are registered as Gas Safe. We have a team of contractors from all over the country, and we have the registration details of all of these contractors in our database, which we regularly check to ensure it is up-to-date.
If you need your gas fire repaired or serviced, then we will ensure that an engineer who is registered to work on gas fires will perform the work for you.
24|7 Home Rescue itself is not on the Gas Safe Register, as we sub-contract our gas appliance repairs to Gas Safe third parties. The Gas Safe Register was not made for boiler cover providers – it was made for engineers!
If you would like more information about our gas safety standards, then call us on 01254 355535 or contact us through our website!