First Choice Group are promoting the Gas Safety message
11th September 2019
With Gas Safety Week approaching (16 – 22 September 2019), it is a crucial time to raise awareness of the dangers of ill-maintained gas appliances.
The whole concept for the week is for UK organisations, like First Choice Group, to reinforce understanding of the risks caused from neglecting gas appliances, which can ultimately lead to gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
We are determined to keep our customers and employees safe, which is why we pledge so much support towards Gas Safety Week.
This year, the theme of the week is addressing the importance of the gas safety needs of vulnerable people.
First Choice Group communicates this within training, exposing the risks involved within gas engineering and how to prevent gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Especially observing vulnerable peoples’ practices.
We also promote and instruct the importance of taking care and maintaining gas appliances, particularly within catering establishments.
As equipment has modernised in the catering industry, many gas engineers working within commercial catering sector now have to prove electrical competency due to the nature of the technology being used.
Our courses provide training on new procedures and technologies and how to maintain these gas appliances. This competence also needs to be proven through certification, as shortcuts can’t be taken when it comes to safety.
Martin Dagnall, Technical Training Manager with First Choice Group explains: “In such circumstances, all engineers have a responsibility and duty-of-care for ensuring public safety.”
We have issued a to-do list which should be adhered to each year:
- Check gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants – make sure the landlord arranges this. Encourage your customers to set a reminder so they don’t forget at www.staygassafe.co.uk
- Check engineers are Gas Safe registered. They can find and check an engineer at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
- Check their engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work they need doing. They can find this information on the back of the card.
- Check for warning signs that appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
- Check they know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
- Check they have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert them if there is carbon monoxide in their home.
Gas Safe Kits, now only £265 are available and stocked from First Choice, a must-have for all gas trained catering engineers to have as part of their van stocks (part number 706003 or 706020) https://www.firstchoice-cs.co.uk/media-centre/van-stock-brochures/, page 104.
Our Complete Gas Interlock Install Kits (part number 204111 & part number 204113) on page 10 & 11 of our Commercial Kitchen Ancillaries & Accessories brochure is also a staple for any engineer’s van. The kits provide essential gas interlock protection for ventilation systems with 1 or 2 fans with built in emergency cut off switches.