Winter safety in the home

All gas appliances, including fires, cookers and boilers, should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly.
All gas appliances, including fires, cookers and boilers, should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly.
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Most of us have switched on some form of heating in the home by this stage.

Whether it’s central heating fuelled by a gas boiler or individual gas heaters, it is always wise to keep safety in mind.

As far as central heating boilers are concerned, the advice is to get them serviced at least once a year.

According to the Homeserve website, when the gas that fuels your boiler isn’t burnt correctly, carbon monoxide is produced. This can cause headaches, drowsiness, nausea, breathlessness and even death.

Getting your boiler serviced regularly will also help it run more efficiently – saving on your heating bills and possibly prevent costly repairs in future.

Valor, one of the leading gas fire brands in the UK, also has advice for homeowners.

It advises that people should always use a Gas Safe engineer to both install and maintain gas appliances.

Make sure there is adequate ventilation.

Install carbon monoxide alarms – some gas fires, such as Valor’s opened flued models, are fitted with an Atmospheric Sensing Device or Thermal cut-out switch in case of a flue blockage.

Valor recommends all gas appliances, including cookers, should be safety checked and serviced regularly.