Do you need to have some repairs done to a boiler or a gas cooker? Do you need to have a new appliance installed and connected to a gas line? A lot of plumbers offer this type of services but you need to make sure the professional you hire for the job is a Gas Safe engineer who can carry out gas boiler service and repairs.
The Gas Safe Register is a list of professionals who are legally allowed to work on gas installations. These professionals also have access to information and up to date training on how to work safely with appliances and gas lines.
You need to hire a plumber who is a certified Gas Safe engineer because they are the only professionals who can legally offer this type of services. There are also risks involved with hiring someone who is not a Gas Safe engineer since they might not know how to work safely with appliances and gas lines.
Hiring a Gas Safe engineer is the best way to avoid potential issues such as fires, explosions, leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning. A gas or a carbon monoxide leak can be lethal and is difficult to detect, which is why you absolutely need to make sure you are hiring someone who is certified to perform this type of repairs.
You can visit the official Gas Safe Register website to find a list of professionals who have obtained this certification. You can look for a specific plumber to make sure that they are certified or access a directory and look for Gas Safe engineers who offer their services in your area.
There is also a phone number you can call to get more information about this certification and to find an engineer in your area. All you have to do is dial 0800 408 5500.
Gas Safe engineers obtain an official ID with details on the certification they obtain and the kind of work they are legally allowed to do. If you hired a plumber to install a new appliance or fix a damaged appliance that uses gas, ask if you can see their Gas Safe engineer ID.
It is best to ask your plumber to show you their ID and to go online to double check or to call the free phone number to make sure that their certification is still valid. You should not have someone who is not properly certified perform repairs or installations since this is not a safe option.
The Gas Safe Register exists to prevent accidents and to make sure that repairs and installations are performed in a safe manner. If you need to have any kind of work done on a gas line or on a gas-powered appliance, you need to look for a plumber or for another contractor who has this certification. This should be one of the first questions you ask when contacting a plumber and you need to ask if you can see their ID besides going online or calling the free phone number to double check that they are certified.