Agents get ready for Gas Safety Week
ARLA Propertymark members are encouraged to show their support for Gas Safety Week again this year, in a bid to highlight the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances.
The eighth annual Gas Safety Week, which runs from September 17 to 23, will see Gas Safe address a range of safety measures
A spokesperson for ARLA said: “Gas safety is particularly important for the private rented sector, where the safety of gas appliances is often out of the tenant’s hands.
“They trust that you, as ARLA Propertymark members, will look after their needs ensuring their safety, keeping them informed and letting them know their rights as a tenant.”
Simple advice agents can give to tenants to help keep tenants safe includes:
- Know the symptoms of CO poisoning;
- dizziness and
- loss of consciousness.
- If tenants smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, they should call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.Tenants, agents and landlords should always seek the help of a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer who can work on gas cookers, boilers or fires in a safe way.
- If agents are employing an engineer, always ask to see their Gas Safe ID card before work starts. Always check the back of the card too, which will state which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.
- Only employ a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out your rental properties. Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers.
- Agents can find a registered engineer in their area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or by calling 0800 408 5500.
More resources and tips are can be downloaded from the Gas Safety Week website, which will help get the message out to tenants, landlords and staff.
The spokesperson added: “A few simple, quick things you could do are: display advice from the toolkit in your offices, use your social media channels to promote daily messages, send out a mailer to your tenants with a safety pack attached or simply direct clients to the Gas Safety Week website for more information.
“But of course, you could get more adventurous or do something bespoke to your organisation too.
“Getting involved shows that you’re confident in your properties, that tenants can trust you to help keep them safe and also shows potential news customers that you take safety very seriously.
“If you’re supporting the campaign, see if you can spot your company name in the scrolling banner on the Gas Safety Week website!”
ARLA is encouraging members to let them know what they have been doing to support the campaign – with pictures if possible – by tweeting @arla_uk or emailing email@example.com