SAFEagent Roy Peters Estates is urging all landlords and tenants to be gas safe and choose their letting agent wisely, annual Gas Safety Week(16 – 22 September).
It can be a matter of life and death as badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. By looking for a letting agent which is Gas Safe, landlords and tenants can be confident that gas appliances in their rented properties are checked annually and regularly serviced by registered engineers.
Roy Peters Estates has already pledged its commitment to consumer protection by signing up to theSAFEagent campaign.
SAFEagent is an easily identifiable logo signposting letting agents who are part of a Client Money Protection Scheme. This means that landlord and tenant funds will be protected, if an agent steals or uses clients’ funds fraudulently.
Richard Sherwood, Director of Roy Peters Estates says: “The importance of maintaining gas appliances should not be underestimated: the consequences can be fatal. We are committed to ensuring that all of our properties are gas safe and we are proud to support Gas Safety Week.”
Tenants can be gas safe by following these tips:
l Look out for warning signs that your gas 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
l Know the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness
l Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm
l If you smell gas call the gas emergency number on 0800 111 999
For gas safety advice or to find and check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk. Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500. To find a SAFEagent in your area visit www.safeagents.co.uk