Gas Safety Week - Committed to Gas Fire Safety

We’ve pledged our support – have you pledged yours? From design to installation, we work closely with Gas Safe registered installers to ensure the safety of our gas fires in the home. To mark Gas Safety Week (Monday 14th to Sunday 20th September 2015) here are four tips to ensure the safety of your gas fire.

1)    Use a Gas Safe registered engineer

Most importantly, gas fires must be fitted by a Gas Safe registered engineer, who will ensure that the fire is installed safely and correctly.

Gas Safe registered engineers have the technical skills and up-to-date expertise to install and maintain gas appliances safely. Whether you are installing a gas fire for the first time in your home or replacing an old one, make sure you ask for the installer’s Gas Safe card.

2)    Appropriate ventilation

If a gas fire has previously been fitted in a room, there is likely to already be a suitable gas source and ventilation, which may make the fitting costs lower. However, older properties that have previously relied on solid fuel heating should have the chimney and flue checked to ensure they meet modern safety standards and building regulations. It is also recommended to have your chimney swept before installing a gas fire.

European regulations dictates gas fires with an input of less than 7kW do not normally require additional ventilation provided they are installed properly and have been approved to relevant British or European standard always look for the CE mark. Reassuringly, all Valor’s gas fires are tested and approved to the very latest British and European standards.

3)    Install carbon monoxide alarms

All Valor’s opened flued gas fires are fitted with an Atmosphere Sensing Device or Thermal cut-out switch in case of a flue blockage, but we would also recommend the installation of a carbon monoxide detector where any open flued combustion products are present, whether they use gas, oil wood or solid fuel.

Check the alarm is marked EN 50291, with the British Standards' Kitemark or another European accreditation mark to ensure it meets EU safety guidelines.

4)    Gas appliance safety checks

It is recommended that all gas appliances, including gas fires, cookers and boilers should be safety checked once a year, and serviced regularly according to manufacturer instructions.

Ensure you choose a Gas Safe registered engineer, who will check the appliance is working correctly, in accordnance with national safety guidelines. During the checks, the engineer will ensure the gas fire is operating on correct setting and burning with the appropriate operating pressure.

They will also ensure the flue is working correctly by undertaking a spillage performance check. For landlords and social housing providers, these annual checks are a legal requirement.

For more information about Gas Safety Week, visit www.gassafetyweek.co.uk.