Beware of rogues!
As the days are getting colder and many of us are turning to our central heating the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has issued a press release urging consumers to take care should they need to find a handyman to fix their boiler.
The message comes after worrying figures released by Gas Safe Register whose campaign to raise awareness of cowboy gas fitters TSI is backing.
Brian Smith, TSI’s lead officer for crime and disorder, said: ‘We are very concerned by new figures showing that a quarter of a million gas jobs are potentially botched every year by irresponsible traders who don’t have relevant skills or qualifications.
‘Gas and cowboys can be a lethal mix and we’d urge anyone who needs gas work done in their home to not only make sure the trader carries a Gas Safe card, but that they check the back of the card where it states what appliances the gas engineer is qualified to work on.'