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New figures reveal extent of unsafe gas appliances

A family are safe with a gas fire in the backgroundNew figures have revealed that households across the country are at risk from rogue traders fitting unsafe gas appliances.

As part of Gas Safety Week, 16-22 September, Gas Safe Register launched its interactive nationwide gas map, showing 3,000 cowboy traders were investigated in one year. 

With around a quater of a million illegal gas jobs being carried every year, it was not surprising Gas Safe Register were concerned. Two in three gas jobs investigated by Gas Safe Register were unsafe and one in five was found to be so dangerous the Register had to turn off the gas appliance immediately. 

Russell Kramer, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said: “Gas safety is a life or death matter. People are aware of the potential risks of unsafe gas work and they know what they should be doing to keep themselves safe, but as our research has found, not everyone is acting on that information. In fact, one in three gas customers in Great Britain- around 7.69 million households - admit they’ve never had their gas appliances checked or maintained. This is despite eight in 10 people (82%) recognising that they should do it in order to protect themselves from gas dangers. This is why we have launched the gas map. It is the first time that data on unsafe gas appliances and illegal gas work has been compared across postcodes in Great Britain. 

"We want people to realise that gas safety is something that they should take seriously and by bringing it to their doorstep it makes it harder to ignore.” 

Leon Livermore, Trading Standards Institute (TSI) chief executive, said: "TSI commends the industry for bringing this issue to the attention of consumers through Gas Safety Week, and these statistics continue to show the need for all householders to use a trusted trader when fitting a gas appliance. It is hoped through Gas

Safety Week and TSI's approved codes schemes, we will to show any unscrupulous rogue traders that the industry standards tower above them, and that they are not welcome."

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Trading Standards Institute (TSI)

TSI is a training and membership organisation that has represented the interests of the Trading Standards profession since 1881 nationally and internationally.  We aim to raise the profile of the profession while working towards fairer, better informed and safer consumer and business communities. TSI’s members are engaged in delivering frontline trading standards services in local authorities and in businesses. 

Gas Safe Register 

Gas Safe Register is the registration body appointed by the Health and Safety Executive to manage the gas safety register in Great Britain - it also operates in Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and Guernsey. It is a legal requirement for anyone carrying out domestic and commercial gas work to be registered, and comply with the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 and relevant legislation in the other territories. The register of more than 122,000 gas engineers held by Gas Safe Register aims to protect people from unsafe gas work. Gas Safe Register assesses the competence of engineers by inspecting the gas work they have carried out to make sure they are safe to work on gas.  Gas Safe Register is focused on gas safety and campaigns to raise awareness of gas safety risks associated with using illegal gas workers.

Gas Safe Register deals with all aspects of the downstream gas industry covered by the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. It covers both piped natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Gas Safe Register replaced the CORGI gas registration scheme in Great Britain 1 April 2009 and Northern Ireland on 1 April

DATE: 17/09/13