Sime’s National Sales Manager, John Moran, supports Gas Safety Week and points out how it should always be front-of-mind.

Gas Safety Week is upon us!  Running from 18-24 September 2017, the team at the Gas Safe Register has provided installers and manufacturers alike with a great tool kit that we can all use to promote this all-important week.  Across social media and in the media, Gas Safety Week will lead the discussion and the general public will again be reminded to use Gas Safe registered installers for any work in their homes which involves gas.

“Can you smell gas?” is always one of those heart-stopping moments at home.  Nine times out of ten, it’s nothing serious but for those of us involved in this industry, we have to be aware of the potential hazard the material we work with day in and day out, could be for all concerned.  We know that many plumbers are also Gas Safe registered, yet in the minds of the public, a plumber is a gas heating engineer and a gas engineer- well isn’t he a plumber?  This casual use of both words, interchangeably often in the minds of householders, is something we should be careful to avoid.  If you are registered Gas Safe, this is part of your professional offering to your customers and should set you head and shoulders above those less qualified.  If you’re working on a domestic project, you’ve got the ability to cover all bases and disconnect the old gas fire safely and securely, service the boiler and install new connections for a washing machine relocated into a new utility room.

The sooner the public and the media use gas engineer rather than plumber to describe Gas Safe registered professionals, the better.  It elevates the gas engineer’s role and makes proper allowance for the skills and experience they bring to any work they carry out in a customer’s home.  As a boiler manufacturer, we are evangelical about the importance of gas safety.

By law, all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register to work safely and legally on gas appliances.  The importance of encouraging homeowners to use only gas safe registered engineers for the installation and servicing of their boilers should not be underestimated.  It could literally be the difference between life and death.  Gas engineers have a legal and ethical responsibility to their customers to be Gas Safe registered.