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HOW TO STAY GAS SAFE AT HOME

26/05/2013

We rely on our gas appliances such as cookers and hobs to prepare hot meals, as well as flueless gas fires to keep us warm.

Whether you already have existing gas appliances, or are thinking about purchasing new appliances, it is important that all gas appliances in your home are installed and serviced by a registered and qualified gas safe engineer to ensure they are well maintained and in good working order.

Smeg have prepared a short list of top tips to help you stay safe when maintaining and installing Smeg appliances in your home:

> Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix or service your appliances.
> All gas appliances should be serviced and safety checked every year.
> When considering new gas appliances, we recommend you contact a registered engineer prior to installation.
> Ensure there is enough ventilation for your appliances, allowing them to burn correctly
> Check air vents are not blocked.
> Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm and regularly check for warning signs such as lazy yellow flames or black marks or stains around the appliance.
> Know the 6 main signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.

To locate your nearest Gas Safe engineer, please call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500 or visit the online locator. When the Gas Safe engineer visits, please ask to see their identity card and check the reverse to ensure they are qualified to carry out the specific gas work you require. Alternatively, please contact a Smeg authorised engineer to discuss your installation requirements.