With Gas Safety Week (19 to 25 September 2016) upon us, TrustMark, the Government-endorsed scheme for tradespeople, has issued a timely reminder to householders to take the necessary gas safety measures to keep themselves safe from dangerous gas appliances.
TrustMark, who is currently collaborating with the Gas Safe Register to offer both consumer and contractor services to its registered gas engineers and customers, has been supporting the national campaign and is encouraging all households to regularly inspect their appliances and only use Gas Safe registered engineers to do the annual safety checks and servicing. Anyone working on gas appliances while not being Gas Safe registered is working illegally, TrustMark adds.
TrustMark chief executive Simon Ayers said: “Gas safety is a crucial part of managing a property and it’s something every household should be aware of. Every week families, and especially the elderly and vulnerable people, fall victim to poorly fitted and maintained gas appliances, which can lead to gas leaks, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
“Gas Safety Week is about ensuring people understand gas issues, and how to keep themselves safe in their homes. We strongly advise anyone who is considering having any work carried out on their gas boilers and appliances to only use reputable firms that have been assessed and qualified and are Gas Safe registered. Don’t be afraid to ask to see evidence of their qualifications and check to see their Gas ID card. And remember, all Gas engineers MUST be registered with Gas Safe Register!”
As part of the pilot scheme with Gas Safe Register, TrustMark is offering all registered gas engineers and their customers access to services that will assist in any challenges that fall outside of the gas safety technical areas. This includes access to an effective dispute resolution for non-gas safety complaints through TrustMark’s certificated dispute resolution services and services such as TrustMark Escrow – a low-cost payment protection service, consumer protection through the Trading Standards assured advice scheme and guidance on the new consumer protection laws.