Thirteen is reminding its customers about the importance of gas safety checks and why they must be carried out on their home every year.

During Gas Safety Week, which runs from 18 to 24 September, staff are encouraging customers to always keep their gas safety check appointments to make sure their homes are gas safe.

It is a legal requirement for every one of Thirteen’s homes to have an up to date check. The checks are carried out free of charge and appointment letters are automatically sent to customers every year.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Sadly, every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly.

Executive director of property services Russell Thompson said: “Ensuring that appliances such as gas fires and boilers are serviced, working correctly and are safe is essential.

“Gas appliances that have regular checks are also more efficient, so customers may save money from their fuel bills.

“We want to make sure that 100% of our properties continue to be up to date with their gas safe checks. They don’t take long to carry out, but if customers miss their appointment, faulty appliances won’t be identified and could be dangerous, so we’re asking that our customers help us by ensuring our engineers can get the access they need.”

You can get more information about the gas safety checks on Thirteen’s website http://www.thirteengroup.co.uk

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