Know the dangers
Gas is a fast and efficient way to cook and heat your home, but just like every other gas appliance, you need to keep a close eye that it is working safely and properly.
There are several warning signs that your cooker may be leaking carbon monoxide:
- The flame on your cooker should be crisp and blue. Yellow or orange flames mean you need to get your cooker checked
- Dark sooty staining around the cooker
- The flame on the cooker frequently goes out
- Increased condensation inside windows
- To be alert to the danger signs, check the seal around your oven door regularly for any signs of splitting or damage.
Avoid grilling with the grill compartment door fully closed as this can lead to a build-up of carbon monoxide, although most gas grills will automatically shut off gas when closed.
If your cooker’s ignition button begins to become faulty, do not let this go unchecked and have it replaced by a Gas Safe registered engineer as soon as possible.
In addition, remove any combustible materials from the cooker or hotplate area to minimise fire risk.
The major risks of a faulty gas fire are the same as those of a cooker – gas leaks, carbon monoxide and explosions.
To be alert to the danger signs, check for stains, soot or discolouring around the top of your gas fire. Similar to your cooker, the flame on your fire should burn blue; if it’s yellow or orange get it checked.
Carbon monoxide is the main risk; so ensure plenty of ventilation, with unobstructed vents. As the fire will produce a lot of heat, keep anything combustible well clear of the fireplace and consider a safety screen to avoid accidents.
Regular servicing of your appliance (at least every year) will ensure any problems are found and rectified.
Have a carbon monoxide and a smoke alarm fitted in your home, make sure they are regularly checked and working properly.
When to call the experts
If you can’t control a fire immediately, call 999.
If you suspect a gas leak, call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999, leave the house immediately and open all windows and doors to ventilate the affected area.
What Corgi HomePlan can do
CORGI HomePlan does not cover gas appliances or fires, but if you smell gas you should phone the National Gas Emergency Service 0800 111 999 free straight away. You should also get your gas appliances checked by an independent Gas Safe registered engineer.