Local AM Nick Ramsay is drawing constituents’ attention to a campaign launched during the recent Gas Safety Week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of gas appliances.
This year’s campaign focuses on ‘preparing for winter’ and urges everyone to take just five simple steps to make sure winter doesn’t catch them out:
Gas appliances should be safety checked every year by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer and an eye should be kept on appliances - flames on your cooker and boiler should be crisp and blue, and there should be no sooty black marks on or around any gas appliances.
You should also make sure you have an audible Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm: it might save your life and save you from the debilitating side effects of CO poisoning.
It’s important to know the signs of CO poisoning: a headache is the most common but also dizziness, feeling sick, tiredness and confusion, stomach pain and shortness of breath. The symptoms are flu-like without the high temperature – but very high levels can kill almost instantly.
Finally, save the National Gas Emergency Number 0800 111 999 in your phone so you can call it immediately if you smell gas or suspect the presence of CO.
These vital safety messages will be posted on Twitter account: @wwutilities, and at Facebook.com/wwutilities.