SAFEty first: Gas Safety Week – by Bolton Letting Agent, Westpine Property Lettings
SAFEagent, Westpine Property Lettings & Management is urging all landlords and tenants to be gas safe and choose their letting agent wisely, during the third annual Gas Safety Week (16 – 22 September). It can be a matter of life and death as badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. By looking for a letting agent which is Gas Safe, landlords and tenants can be confident that gas appliances in their rented properties are checked annually and regularly serviced by registered engineers. Westpine Property Lettings has already pledged its commitment to consumer protection by signing up to the SAFEagent campaign.
SAFEagent is an easily identifiable logo signposting letting agents who are part of a Client Money Protection Scheme. This means that landlord and tenant funds will be protected, if an agent loses, steals or is subject to bank fraud. Michelle Leatham of Westpine says: “The importance of maintaining gas appliances should not be underestimated: the consequences can be fatal. We are committed to ensuring that all of our properties are gas safe and we are proud to support Gas Safety Week.”
Tenants can be gas safe in their homes by following these tips:
• Look out for warning signs that your gas appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room
• Know the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness
• Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm
• If you smell gas call the gas emergency number on 0800 111 999
In addition to Government support, key organizations in the industry including Citizens Advice Bureaux,Ombudsman Services: Property, The Property Ombudsman, DPS, TDS, My Deposits and the Trading Standards Institute have all allied themselves to the campaign. Key suppliers to the sector are also standing behind the campaign – HomeLet, Imfuna and CFP Software have led the way in pledging their backing to it.
For gas safety advice or to find and check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at http://www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk. Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500. To find a SAFEagent in your area visit http://www.safeagents.co.uk
Westpine Property Lettings can be contacted on 01204 694121 or firstname.lastname@example.org