One third of people in the UK do not check that their gas engineers is working legally, new figures have revealed.
According to research*, 33% of adults admit that they have not checked if engineers they have let into their home to work on gas appliances are on the Gas Safe Register.
The findings by the Government’s official gas registration body come as it near completing 2,000 illegal gas work investigations in three years, of which, more than thirds were found to be unsafe.
Of those who did check their engineer’s registration, many looked for confirmation in the wrong place. 28% looked for a logo on the engineer’s website or uniform, while 13% asked the engineer instead of checking with the official Gas Safe Register directly.
The research also highlighted a lack of understanding and that many people wrongly assume that all engineers are registered so did not realise they had to check.
Check your engineer
As a global boiler manufacturer, we would always urge homeowners to ensure that their gas engineer or installer is fully registered to the Gas Safe Register.
It is of paramount importance when it comes to health and safety. Unsafe gas appliances can cause a leak of carbon monoxide. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, nausea, dizziness, breathlessness, loss of consciousness and collapse.
About the Gas Safe Register
The Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are qualified to work safely and legally on gas appliances. By law, all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register which replaced CORGI in 2009.
Homeowners – Don’t cut corners by using unregistered gas workers. Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer to carry out any gas work and remember to check the engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. For information and to find and check an engineer, visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
Installers – Registering with the Gas Safe Register is a legal requirement for anyone carrying out gas work in the UK, Isle of Man and Guernsey. To register, email email@example.com or call 0800 408 5577.
*Research was carried out with Opinium Matters of 2,013 UK adults between April 15-18, 2018.