01 December 2016
Festive fire warning from Gas Safe Register
Our client, Gas Safe Register, reports that more gas-related fires happen on Christmas day than any other day.
- More fires in households with gas appliances take place on Christmas day than any other day of the year
- 12 million people could be living with dangerous gas appliances
Christmas is the most dangerous time of the year when it comes to gas safety in the UK according to five years-worth of data from the Gas Safe Register and Fire and Rescue Service.
More fires in households with gas appliances take place on Christmas day than any other day of the year1, and Gas Safe Register’s investigation team find a higher proportion of dangerous gas appliances in December that any other month. A total of 17% of boilers, fires and cookers investigated in December over the last five years have been found to be unsafe2.
As a fifth (19%) of households have not had their gas appliances legally checked this year, potentially 12 million3 people could be living with dangerous gas appliances.
While the majority of festive revellers prioritise buying (64%) and wrapping (41%) presents, only 5% of British adults put gas appliance safety checks on their December to do list in the run up to Christmas. In fact, almost three times as many people (14%) prioritise watching their favourite Christmas film over making sure that they and their families are gas safe at Christmas4.
Although Christmas is a very busy time of year, it is really important your gas appliances have been checked and are running safely. With our data showing that December can be dangerous for homeowners, Gas Safe Register is reminding people to get their annual gas safety checks in the diary so this Christmas is a safe and enjoyable time.
Chief executive at Gas Safe Register
Gas safety - fire prevention tips
To stay gas safe this festive season, follow these top five Gas Safe Register’s top tips:
- Only employ a legal Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home. You can find a registered engineer in your area by calling Gas Safe Register on 0800 408 5500 or by visiting www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk
- ‘Trust the Triangle’ and always ask to see your engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. Make sure you check the back of the card, which will state which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.
- Sign up for a reminder service to make sure your gas appliances are checked annually: https://www.staygassafe.co.uk/
- Speak to your energy supplier to see if they can provide a free gas safety check.
- If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.
Capita is responsible for operating and promoting the Gas Safe scheme, which replaced CORGI in 2009.
1 Home Office data on incidents attended by Fire and Rescue Services https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-data-tables.
2 Data from the investigations team at Gas Safe Register.
3 The Gas Safe Register investigations team found that 19% of gas appliances are unsafe in the UK. There were 27 million households in the UK in 2015 (http://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/families/bulletins/familiesandhouseholds/2015-11-05) and an average of 2.4 people per household (http://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/families/bulletins/familiesandhouseholds/2015-11-05), leaving a potential 12,312,000 people at risk.
4 Online surveys were carried out with 2,005 UK adults by Opinium Research between 25 – 28 October, 2016.