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What does a Gas Safety Certificate Look Like

If you are booking your annual boiler service and need to have your gas safety certificate renewed. However, you want to know what a gas safety certificate look likes so you can be clear that your home is protected against Carbon monoxide poisoning.

A gas safety certificate is a documentation required by law on the completion of any gas work by a registered gas safety engineer. It also by law that any landlords or any owners of a residential rented properties to have annual gas safety test carried out, and on competition to have a gas safety certificate on record.

If you have had a recent gas safety test in your properties, but not has received a gas safety certificate then do contact the engineer as soon as possible as without one you will liable for a massive fine or legal procedure.

What would you expect to see on a Gas Safety Certificate?

The certificate needs to contain:

A description and location of each appliance/flue checked
Name, registration number and signature of the engineer who carried out the check
Date on which the check was carried out
The address of the property where the appliance/flue is installed
The name and address of the landlord (or their agent where applicable)
Any safety defect identified and any action required or taken to rectify it
Confirmation of the results of the operational safety checks carried out on the appliances.

Landlords and any properties owners also have a legal duty to maintain pipework is a safe condition; so many proprietary forms also include the facility for the registered engineer to record the results of pipe work integrity tests which indicate whether or not the pipe work installation is safe.

If you are confused on what a gas safety certificate look like, then feel free to give Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a boiler repair bromley a call and we can talk it through with you.

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Beware Of These Signs of Gas Problems

Natural Gas is problematic and can cause gas problems and can be dangerous in the wrong situations or carelessly.

When you think about it, natural gas is an extremely effective fuel for so many appliances we use within the home. This is why we tend to use it for our heating & cooking.

For example, if you use a gas stove, a fireplace, oven or any other kind of appliance within the home; do recognise on how to keep yourself safe. It also important to recognise when there is a problem with your gas appliances or when you do have carbon monoxide leak, so read on how to find out more on how to keep you safe.

Smell

Any gas problems is normally totally odourless, which would make detecting carbon monoxide without an alarm pretty much impossible to detect. In order to make it easier for people to detect is to have a carbon monoxide alarm within the home and also to detect if you have a funny smell circulating. If you smell something like rotten eggs, then immediately check to see if all your gas appliances are switched off. If that doesn’t help the odour, then get out of the house immediately and call Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions.

Lower Output

Natural gas appliances tend to operate by having a direct line to your home’s gas line. If a problem develops in that line, the fuel supply will be cut off and the appliance won’t be able to work correctly. So, if your stove or another gas appliance appears to be operating at a much lower output than it should be, it could mean that you have a leak or blockage in your gas line. Shut off the appliance and have a gas safety engineers bromely examine the system, just to be on the safe side.

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Have a Carbon Monoxide Detector this Autumn/Winter

During the colder season, any homeowners are very thankful to have a carbon monoxide detector in the home. As your heating system must be operating properly in order to keep it safe.

To combat any problem you need to installed a carbon monoxide detector. Fortunately a lot of modern heating systems are more reliable and safer now than ever before. That doesn’t mean that they are perfect as no mechanical system can truly make that claim 100 percent correct. That is why you need a dependable carbon monoxide detector.

What Makes Carbon Monoxide So Dangerous?

Carbon monoxide is a gas generated by the incomplete combustion of many fuel sources, including oil, gas, wood, charcoal, etc. It might be the case you may have smelled the odour of natural gas before, which is distinct in its sulfuric, rotten egg-like description. Unlike natural gas, however, carbon monoxide does not have an odour.

Carbon monoxide is a by-product of combustion, however, not a fuel source, so a warning odour cannot be added to it. That complicates matters of detection, as does the fact that CO also has no taste or colour. That means that we are unable to detect it on our own.

Because carbon monoxide poisoning, if severe enough, can prove fatal, it is necessary to have a carbon monoxide detector installed throughout your home. They must be installed in all living spaces, and are especially important in sleeping areas. Low level symptoms may resemble the flu, with body pains, headaches, and nausea. As exposure levels increase and spread out over time, these symptoms will get more severe: vomiting, disorientation, dizziness, and so on. You don’t want to wait for symptoms to develop just to recognize that you are dealing with a leak. That is why you should hire Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a gas safety croydon to install your carbon monoxide detector.

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Everything you need to know about Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide poisoning is the silent killer as it’s a colourless, odourless, poisonous gas that can be very difficult to detect if you don’t know what you’re looking for. The fact it doesn’t smell, have any taste or any colour is why it is often referred to as the silent killer.

It’s an extremely dangerous substance and therefore something you need to be clued up on.

How does Carbon Monoxide affect the body?

When a person inhales Carbon Monoxide it will mix with the blood and prevent it from being able to absorb Oxygen. Therefore if a person continues to be exposed to Carbon Monoxide, it will often have serious health implications such as paralysis and brain damage. In some cases exposure to CO can also cause death.

The common symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapsing and loss of consciousness. If you find that you get any of these symptoms when you are at home or other people in your household (even your pets) are also experiencing the same symptoms, it is important to take action right away.

It is advised that you turn off your gas appliances and leave the house immediately. You should also seek medical advice, as a doctor will be able to test your blood or breathe for Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

If you are found to have Carbon Monoxide poisoning you will be treated with Oxygen therapy in hospital. This involves breathing in pure Oxygen through a tight-fitting mask so your body can replace carboxyhaemoglobin.

The recovery time from Carbon Monoxide poisoning can vary depending on how long you were exposed to it for. Around 10 to 15% of people who experience severe Carbon Monoxide poisoning will go on to have long-term complications such as brain damage and heart problems.

How to prevent Carbon Monoxide leaks

Carbon Monoxide leaks are often caused by insufficient venting of appliances, or blocked flues, which are connected to the appliance. These pose significant risks and need to be checked over by a qualified gas safety engineer.

One of the best ways to prevent CO leaks is to have your boiler and heating appliances inspected and maintained on a regular basis. A Gas Safe engineer from Logical Heating & Plumbing solutions a boiler repair croydon company, should carry out these inspections.

Detecting Carbon Monoxide

Luckily many people these days have CO alarms in their home. These alarms sound if Carbon Monoxide is present in the air, so those in the household can take action immediately.

If you don’t already have one, it’s a legal requirement for a Carbon Monoxide alarm to be fitted for your home. They look very similar to smoke alarms, are affordable to buy and very easy to fit. Your detector is likely to need changing every five years or so.

These alarms are designed to sound an alarm when CO is present in the air. They are much more effective than other Carbon Monoxide alarms that simply change colour, as they will alert to the poisonous gas you even if you are sleeping.

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Get your Carbon Monoxide Alarm Checked This Autumn

Now we’re in September we need to be looking at our carbon monoxide alarm, as we will soon be once again firing up the heating system. Part of the problem with our heating system is the creation of carbon monoxide, a highly toxic gas that can be fatal in high concentrations.

All heating systems that generate carbon monoxide are designed to dispose of it safely. However, accidents do happen. Read on to find out more about carbon monoxide alarm, and why they need to be checked on an annual basis.

Why Carbon Monoxide Alarm are Necessary

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odourless gas that is generated through combustion, typically that of natural gas. It binds to the oxygen receptors in your blood, causing slow asphyxiation. Because carbon monoxide is more or less impossible to detect early, it is vital to have carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout the house in case of a leak. These detectors monitor the air for CO molecules, and then sound off when they detect dangerous levels. This is the best way to detect a carbon monoxide leak in time to escape unharmed.

Why You Need to Have Your Detectors Checked

These detectors largely run on batteries, just like smoke detectors. They can last quite a while, but eventually they will need a new battery. The detectors are also liable to develop electrical problems, which may not be discovered until it’s too late. For this reason, you need to make absolutely sure that you have a professional examine your carbon monoxide detectors at least once a year. Annual inspections from Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions,  ensure that your carbon monoxide alarm function properly when you need them the most.

If you have any questions then please feel free to give Logical and Heating Plumbing Solutions a call: >0208 664 9099. We look forward hearing from you.

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