Gas Boilers and Gas Safety Check.

RJ Gas can help landlords with the Gas Safety Check requirement of the law As landlords, you are primarily responsible for the safety of your tenants. Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, the landlords are legally mandated to perform the following tasks in connection with the heating and hot water systems that are utilized within their rented property. RJ Gas, with it’s over 75 years of combined experience with gas appliances, can make sure that all legal requirements are complied with for the safety of the tenants that are living within your rented property. Landlords are legally responsible in maintaining and repairing all gas appliances within their property. Landlords are  legally required to repair boilers, gas pipework, flues, and other gas appliances located within their property that are used for heating and hot water systems, and maintain them functioning in optimum conditions. Although it is not mandated, installing carbon monoxide (CO2) alarms are also highly-recommended by the HSE.  Getting your boilers and other gas appliances for gas safety check certification. While the annual servicing of boilers is not legally required, as landlords, you are legally mandated to have your gas appliances used for heating and hot water systems inspected annually for gas safety check certification. These inspections can, aside from fulfilling the requirements of the law, can easily pick-up potential faults in your gas boilers and prevent costly repair in the future. This may also prevent the hassles of any legal actions against you as a landlord from any party. For these inspections, you must always remember the following. The Gas Safety Inspection Check (CP12) must...

Gas Safety and Carbon Monoxide

Scared of carbon monoxide? You should be! This odorless and colorless gas can be deadly and unfortunately they can be very difficult to detect. When unnoticed it can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that is produced when there is an incomplete buring of gas and LPG. This can happen in either industrial or domestic setting and there are gas-powered appliances or equipments. This is also produced when gas appliances are poorly fitted or badly maintained and if chimneys or flues are blocked. When this substance is inhaled and gets into your bloodstream, it can prevent your red blood cells from carrying oxygen. Without the presence of oxygen, your tissues and cells will die. Carbon monoxide poisoning can also have long term effects such as paralysis and brain damage. This occurs because gas leaks are sometimes left unnoticed for some time. Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Each individual has different carbon monoxide tolerance levels. Nevertheless, this gas is dangerous. In order to be safe at home, you must remember the six (6) main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Headache Dizziness Nausea Breathlessness Collapse Unconsciousness Some of these symptoms can be mistaken for a flu or other health-related illnesses. The symptoms should point out to carbon monoxide poisoning if everyone inside your house is experiencing the same and all of these disappear everytime you leave your home. There are also other ways to check if there is a gas leak. Look at the flames on your cooker. You want to see crisp blue flame. If you’re seeing yellow or orange then it could be a...

Boilers and Gas Leaks

Gas leaks at home can be caused by a poorly fitted and maintained boilers, heaters and fireplaces. This incident can be deadly because it can lead to fire, explosion and carbon monoxide poisoning. Gas Leaks and Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas formed when gas or LPG is not burned completely. Because it is a colorless and odorless gas, it is often very difficult to detect. However, there are symptoms that you should look out for because these clearly point to carbon monoxide poisoning: headache dizziness nausea breathlessness collapse unconsciousness If everyone at home is feeling the same symptoms, this is most likely a carbon monoxide poisoning. What you can do is open all doors and windows, get out of the house, call for help and head to the nearest hospital when necessary. Detecting and Preventing Gas Leaks Aside from the tell-tale symptoms of the presence of carbon monoxide, you can look at your appliances because they can indicate gas leak even if you can’t smell it. You want to be in the lookout for a crisp blue flame instead of a yellow or an orange flame. Check for any soot or black scorched areas in your appliances. Another good indication is the musty smell and excessive condensation found on your windows. Prevention is always better than having to deal with a bigger problem in the end. You can start with the installation of your appliances. Always get an accredited Gas Safety Engineer to complete the installation. Consider getting the service of a Gas Safety Engineer to do boiler maintenance and service so your boilers will be...

How To Handle A Carbon Monoxide Leak

Knowing how to handle a carbon monoxide leak can save your life and your family’s.   Carbon Monoxide: What is it? Carbon monoxide is a chemical compound that is colorless, odorless and tasteless. This gas is only slightly lighter than air, thus it is hard to differentiate. Over exposure to carbon monoxide or amounts of it in high quantities is lethal. Small quantities of this gas is found in animal metabolism. Some carbon monoxide particles can also be found in the atmosphere as a result of volcanic activity. It can also be present in urbanized areas, and can come from toxic fumes from various vehicles.   Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Indoors. carbon monoxide can come from malfunctioning gas appliances. Some examples are boilers, ranges, cookers, ovens, water heaters, air conditioners and machines that use gas such as generators. In areas that are enclosed, small carbon monoxide leaks can rise to dangerous and deadly levels pretty fast. Because you cannot see, smell or taste the poison, it can kill you without putting up a fight. In the US, an average of 170 people die every year because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Thousands are treated in hospitals due to exposure to smaller, non -lethal amounts of the gas. In the UK, carbon monoxide poisoning leads to about 50 deaths in England and Wales alone. The numbers especially rise during winter, when home owners use gas appliances like heaters more than any other time of the year.   How To Handle A Carbon Monoxide Leak It is important for every home owner to have the basic know -how on how to handle a...

Gas dangers in winter and annual checks

In the UK, our winters are getting colder and longer requiring the use of our gas heaters, cookers, and fires. Although this gives us an escape from the cold outside, all gas appliances should be checked annually to make sure they are functioning correctly and working safely. Without these crucial checks you could be exposing you and your family to carbon monoxide poisoning and a variety of other dangers. Our customers need to be aware that there are indicators to show when your appliance isn’t working properly and requires servicing: The flame of your appliance is yellow and ‘lazy’ rather than burning with a ‘crisp’ blue flame. Soot marks or black stains form around your appliance The pilot light isn’t continuously on rather flickers on and off There is a high amount of condensation in the room Overall the appliance isn’t functioning correctly. RJ Gas Appliances Ltd Services provides gas fire service and repairs, boiler service and repairs and other gas appliance checks in the London area. Our company believes that safety and value are key which reflects in our much needed value for money service. Our registered engineers inspect your gas appliances in a number of ways: Inspection of settings to make sure that they are burning correctly and are running at the right operating pressure. Harmful gases such as Carbon Monoxide are being disposed of outside your home effectively. All ventilation such as chimneys and flue are clear and fully functioning All the safety devices are working at full function. As a well established company who has been working for over 35 years within our field we...

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Facts and Warnings

Carbon Monoxide Info from RJ Partial combustion of either natural or petro gas is where it comes from, and inhaling the stuff makes it much harder for your blood to carry crucial oxygen molecules throughout your body. This in turn puts your organs and soft tissue in a state of oxygen starvation; bad news. It’s been reported that roughly 50 individuals within the UK tragically perish at home from carbon monoxide poisoning.     Common Sources within the Home Improperly functioning central heating systems A large assortment of gas powered appliances Fires, cluttered flues, and residential chimneys Car Exhaust  Symptoms to Watch Out For For people already suffering from colds or the flu, or even food poisoning, the symptoms of mild exposure can vary. But basically you should watch out for headaches accompanied by nausea, odd abdominal pains, dizziness, sore throats and parched coughing. Children will typically exhibit something similar to an upset tummy, accompanied by some throwing up and nausea. Always remember that CO2 poisoning won’t necessarily cause an elevated temp. Furthermore, symptoms don’t have to be immediate, but can manifest weeks later, which most often include memory lapse, lack of coordination, and confusion. How About Treatment RJ? If you smell gas, or think you are showing signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, contact emergency services immediately or have someone drive you to the hospital. They’ll check your blood, and administer support and oxygen as needed, based on severity. Most people make a full recovery, but serious cases can experience long term effects between 10-50% of the time. Carbon Monoxide Prevention Call RJ and we’ll check out your appliances,...
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