Supporting Gas Safety Week 2014

Supporting Gas Safety Week 2014

Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions Ltd is proud to support Gas Safety Week 2014, it’s an annual event co-originated by Gas Safe Register to promote awareness of gas safety. The Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.

This year’s event runs from the 15th to 21st September, and LHPS Ltd pledge to support and encourage all licensed firms to join in.

Gas Safety Week remind us why gas safety is so important as badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.

By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe.

  • Check your gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants – make sure your landlord arranges this. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at www.staygassafe.co.uk.
  • Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find and check an engineer atwww.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500. 
  • Check your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card. 
  • Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
  • Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. 
  • Have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.

Keep an eye out on our various social network page such Facebook, Twitter and Google+, we’re also writing a special blog over on Tumblr. You can get involved by using the hashtag #gassafety and #gassafetyweek

For gas safety advice or to find and check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website atwww.GasSafeRegister.co.uk. Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.

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The Benefit Of Solar Panels

The Benefit Of Solar Panels

Recent talks about renewable energy have focused on how we should not be so dependent on fossil fuels and how we all should be going green and looking at other ways to get our energy; solar power is one way to get this renewable energy. It’s clear to see when driving through the neighborhoods of Britain that there has been a huge rise in the installation of photovoltaic solar panels, with homeowners choosing to produce their own electricity.

The solar cells are the small sections which convert sunlight into electricity, generating a small amount of power, with several solar cells fixed together in a frame produce a solar panel – this is what you see on houses around the UK. A big benefits of a solar powered home is that it can generate between 75% to 100% of its own power, this is beneficial to the homeowners as it saves money on electricity bills.

The solar energy you don’t use immediately will be transferred to the National Grid as credit through an electricity meter. This means that during the winter or on miserable dull days, when your panels are not producing more energy than your building needs, energy may used from the Grid, and energy consumption will be offset against earlier energy production.

Photovoltaic solar panel doesn’t need a lot of maintaining and if they are tilted 15% or more then the panels will have the benefit of being cleaned by rain water.  Installation is best during the summer when the sunlight is at its peak.

It important to remember that solar power is a clean, unlimited and versatile energy source. It can be used to help to not only heat the home but to help grow food and give us light when it is dark. Our understanding of how to harness the sun’s power (in a cost effective way) has only recently begun, and with more advanced technology, solar panels will keep getting better.

Logical Heating & Plumbing Solution use MCS Approved and Accredited Installation Team who will be able to install the panel to your roof.  When installation is complete it will be tested to the latest 17th edition wiring regulations and relevant ELECSA certificate has been completed with the full knowledge that you are happy with the installation and it is working properly. We won’t be leaving you in the dark and we will check up on the panels to see if it giving you the optiminuim performance.

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Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer

Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer

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Carbon Monoxide is sometimes referred to as the “Silent Killer” as it is odourless, colourless and has no taste. This means it is difficult to detect and you wouldn’t even realise if you were breathing it in. If you do breathe it in, it can make you unwell and could even kill. It has unfortunately been highlighted in the press recently due to some fatalities.

In the UK alone, there are more than 50 people killed every year and 200 people seriously injured from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. It enters into your bloodstream and mixes with the red blood cells that carry oxygen around your body. This would mean that the blood is unable to carry oxygen and this lack of oxygen will cause the body’s cells and tissue to die.

Carbon Monoxide leaks are most commonly caused by incorrectly installed, poorly maintained or poorly ventilated appliances such as cookers, heaters and central heating bolers. Blocked flues and chimneys can stop the carbon monoxide escaping to the outside so it will build up to dangerous levels in any home or enclosed space.

It is important to be aware of the risk and to look out for anyone in the household or work place displaying any symptoms, symptoms such as shortness of breath or breathing difficulties, tiredness and confusion, dizziness, nausia and vomitting. They can be displayed as very similar symptoms as those of food poisoning or flu, but unlike flu, sufferers would not have a high temperature.

Possible signs of a carbon monoxide leak could include sooty marks on the walls around boilers, stoves and fires, or on the front of gas fires. There could be a build up of smoke in the rooms and the flame is burning yellow instead of blue from your appliances.The best ways to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and protect your family is to know the danger signs, identify any of your appliances that could potentially leak carbon monoxide and install a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm that can detect a leak and will let out a high-pitched noise when the levels of the gas are too high. These alarms are readily available for installation at LHPS and for a very reasonable price, will allow you to have peace of mind, knowing that your family, tenants or Employees are safe from this “Silent Killer”. However, alarms are not a safe susbtitute for having your appliances regularly maintained and regularly serviced. Call LHPS today to arrange for the installation of CO alarms or to arrange for your boiler or heating system to be serviced andchecked over by one of our fully qualified Gas Safe engineer.

 

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Flues in Voids

Flues In Voids

As of December this year (2012) ALL flues that are enclosed and boxed in (i.e. non-visible) will, by law, have to have a Carbon Monoxide alarm fitted as well as an Inspection hatch. Due to technological advances, boilers have been able to be placed in a wide variety of positions. No longer have they had to be placed on an outside wall. In flats and apartments where space can sometimes be limited, it has suited the installer, not to use an outside wall or it hasn’t been possible to place it on an outside wall. This has meant that the boiler is sometimes in a place that is not possible for the flue to be inspected to ensure that it is correctly fitted and safe.

Gas engineers are required to be able to see the flue in order to inspect it. In many cases, this will not be possible and therefore, the law will specify that a hatch must be fitted. From 1st January 2013, if the gas engineer is unable to view the entire length of your flue, you will be advised that your installation will be classed as “At Risk” or “Immediately Dangerous”, and you will be asked for your permission to have it turned off. Having your boiler serviced and a carbon monoxide alarm fitted will only be allowed as a short-term fix until an inspection hatch has been installed. There is no other alternative but for a hatch to allow access to the flue.

So if you have an enclosed flue in a void, your boiler may immediately be classed as dangerous and will have to be shut off until a Carbon Monoxide alarm and hatches are fitted. Do not take the risk of not being allowed hot water or heating, have a gas safety test done as soon as possible by a friendly and professional LHPS engineer to establish the integrity and safety of your boiler flue.

For further information, advice or to book an appointment to have an inspection carried out on your system, please call us on 020 8664 9099.

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