Don’t miss your annual gas safety check!

If your Gas Safety Certificate is more than ten months old, it’s now time for your annual safety check

It’s a condition of your tenancy agreement that you let us complete the check, to ensure that your gas appliances are working safely.

It’s a legal requirement, so you must keep your appointment. The Health and Safety Executive states: “Every year, about 30 people in the UK are killed, and hundreds are seriously injured, by carbon monoxide poisoning due to faulty gas appliances.”

The check should only take 30-45 minutes depending on how many appliances you have, but it could save your life.

The costs incurred when we have to revisit your home due to missed appointments are high. We want to offer a customer-focussed, value-for-money service so, if your appointment doesn’t suit you, contact us to rearrange immediately.

WARNING: This check must be done by law. We have no choice but to take to court any tenant who ignores their duty to get a valid gas safety certificate (adding expensive legal costs). If that’s what it takes to make sure homes are safe, we’ll do it.

Win £100 in our gas safety draw!

As part of Calico’s ongoing commitment to ensuring our customers’ safety, we’ve introduced a new ‘First Time Access Incentive’ for annual gas safety checks.

All customers who allow us access to complete their annual safety check on the first booked appointment will now be entered into a quarterly prize draw.

That’s £100.00 just for allowing our Gas team in to complete a potentially life-saving safety inspection – protecting you, your family and your neighbours, each year. It couldn’t be any simpler.

Please note: In cases where the winner’s rent account is in arrears, the prize money will be credited to the account.

 

Don’t remove your carbon monoxide detector! If you do, you’ll be recharged £20 +VAT for a replacement.

 

See our Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

Why do you carry out gas safety inspections?

We carry out annual gas safety inspections to help keep you safe.

You can’t see carbon monoxide, you can’t smell it, you can’t taste it and it’s deadly. Carbon monoxide can kill, without warning, in a matter of hours; you are most at risk when you are asleep. It kills 30 to 40 people in their homes each year. These deaths could be avoided if gas appliances are checked and serviced every twelve months.

When am I most at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning?

You are most at risk if:

  • Your gas appliance was poorly installed;
  • Your gas appliance is not working correctly;
  • Your appliance has not been checked for safety or maintained within the last twelve months;
  • There is not enough fresh air in the room;
  • Your chimney or flue gets blocked up;
  • You allow unqualified people to install or maintain your gas appliances.

As a landlord, we have a legal obligation to make sure that all our properties with gas supplies and gas appliances have a gas safety inspection carried out every twelve months. This is very important as it will make sure that the gas appliances in your home are safe and working efficiently.

During the safety inspection we will service and repair all our gas appliances and point out any faults on your own appliances such as your gas cooker. This will help you to arrange any necessary repairs to your own appliances. Appliances that are serviced regularly are less likely to break down and will operate more efficiently, ultimately saving you money on your fuel bills. We are still required by law to check your home every twelve months; even if the last service and safety check showed that there was no gas appliance or even a gas supply to your home.

Do I have to have an annual gas safety check?

All tenants have a responsibility to allow our Gas Team access to carry out annual safety checks. Not only is this for your safety, you risk eviction for breaching your tenancy if you don’t.

You will always receive plenty of notification when your gas servicing is due, but if you do not allow us access to complete the checks, you can be taken to court, and may also be liable for paying back court costs of up to £200.

In extreme cases, where we have to take legal action to gain access, we may also fit a limiting device to your boiler to restrict usage if you do not allow access when your next service is due.

How do I make an appointment for my annual gas safety check?

We will send you an appointment letter at least five working days before the actual appointment date. If the appointment is not suitable or you have specific needs please contact us before the proposed date and we will make a more convenient appointment.

We will also issue a text message the day before your appointment as a reminder, so please ensure we always have your current details. Failure to respond or to allow Calico reasonable access to your home to complete the gas service and safety check is dangerous for you, your family and your neighbours. In addition it is a breach of the terms of your tenancy agreement and will result in legal action being taken to allow us access or end your tenancy.

We hope such action will never be necessary, but will not hesitate to take action where the health and safety of our residents and their neighbours may be at risk. All costs associated with the legal action could amount to in excess of £200, the sum of which we will look to recover directly from you.

The annual gas service and safety check is totally free, saving you potential costs of over £200. We will not charge you anything if we are able to gain access and check the appliances.

How should I prepare for the check?

We will need gas and electricity to carry out the service and safety check and clear access to the gas meter and all gas appliances. If you have pre-payment meters, please make sure there is credit available when we call.

If we cannot complete the service and safety check because there is no gas or electricity you will have to make another appointment once you have both gas and electricity supplies restored. We will then complete the service and safety check.

Gas fires need to be left off on the day we are due to visit until after the check has been completed.

What does the safety check involve?

Calico gas engineers are highly skilled and Gas Safe registered and will carry out the work to a high standard. They will:

  • Be polite and helpful at all times;
  • Show you their Calico/Gas Safe identity card;
  • Protect your home and belongings with dust sheets;
  • Test your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms;
  • Explain what work has been carried out and tell you about any further work that has been identified;
  • Issue you with a copy of the gas safety certificate when they have finished the job. This certificate is your guarantee that the work has been done to current gas safety regulations. If you have any questions, please ask the engineer who will be happy to help.

We employ independent inspectors to carry out random checks on the work that our gas engineers have completed. We might contact you so that one of these important inspections can be carried out.

What should I do if I smell gas or fumes?

If you smell gas or fumes, you must:

  • TURN OFF the gas at the meter
  • OPEN all doors and windows
  • EXTINGUISH all naked flames
  • NOT USE electrical switches or appliances
  • CALL National Grid on the Gas Emergency Freephone Number 0800 111 999.

What are the dangers of carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas which can cause serious illness or even kill. Carbon monoxide is difficult to detect as you can’t see it, smell it or taste it. Even low levels of this poisonous gas can cause brain damage or death.

The danger signs include:

  • Yellow or brown staining / soot deposits on or around appliances.
  • Pilot lights that often blow out.
  • Increased condensation inside windows.
  • Yellow flame rather than blue.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Tiredness, headaches, stomach pains, chest pains, nausea, vomiting, erratic behaviour, drowsiness, breathlessness and giddiness.

If you or your family experience any of these symptoms and believe that carbon monoxide could be responsible, you should contact Transco Gas Emergency Services on 0800 111 999 and seek medical advice immediately.

How can I help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning?

Never use a gas appliance if you think it is not working properly. Signs to look out for include: yellow or orange flames, (except for fuel-effect fires which display this colour flame), soot or stains around the gas appliance and pilot lights which frequently blow out.

Never cover an appliance or block the convection air vents.

Never block or obstruct any fixed ventilation grilles or air bricks.

Never block or cover outside flues.

Never carry out DIY on gas appliances, it is illegal.

If in doubt, contact Calico on 01282 686300.