BEWARE OF USING BOGUS GAS FITTERS IF YOUR BOILER BREAKS DOWN THIS WINTER

Winter is upon us and that means household boilers will again be working almost continuously.  This is the time they can break down, but getting a heating engineer to come out “instantly” while you shiver with cold is not always possible.  So it might be tempting to simply get the first person available.  However B&ES (the Building & Engineering Services Association) urges caution, as using a bogus gas installer could have tragic consequences.

17 November 2015 Winter is upon us and that means household boilers will again be working almost continuously.  This is the time they can break down, especially if it’s been a long while since the boiler was last serviced.  And if you have ever had your boiler break down in the middle of the winter you will know that it’s no fun being in a house or flat with no hot water and no heating.  Winter is when reputable heating engineers are rushed off their feet – dealing with breakdowns and repairs – and getting one to come out “instantly” while you shiver with cold is not always possible, and it can take days before they can fit you in.  So it might be tempting to simply get the first person available.  However B&ES (the Building & Engineering Services Association) urges caution, as using a bogus gas installer could have tragic consequences.

B&ES chief executive, Paul McLaughlin, comments, “Around 250,000 illegal gas jobs are carried out each year but homeowners must remember that dangerous gas work can be deadly.  Badly fitted and poorly serviced appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.  Put simply, using a non registered, illegal gas fitter can put the lives of you and your loved ones in danger.

“In the UK it is against the law for anyone to do work on gas appliances unless they are Gas Safe Registered.  So if your boiler breaks down this winter, however tempting, don’t simply rely on the recommendation of a friend or use a plumber that has done work for you in the past; if the heating engineer you employ is not Gas Safe Registered then they are illegal.

“Always ask to see their Gas Safe Register identity card and contact the Register immediately on 0800 408 5500[1] if you have any concerns or if you think the gas fitter is using a falsified ID card.  This is also the number to call to confirm if the engineer on your doorstep is Gas Safe registered.”

B&ES say that the easiest way to locate a qualified, reputable gas installer is to use TrustMark – the only trade competence scheme that’s officially endorsed and backed by the Government.  Visit the TrustMark website at: www.trustmark.org.uk where you can enter your postcode to find local, reputable and registered heating engineers in your area.

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Issued on behalf of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) by Next Step Marketing Ltd

Media enquiries to:  Rhian Kelly.  Tel:  44(0)1256 472020;

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Notes to editors

Since its formation in 1904, B&ES, the Building & Engineering Services Association (formerly the HVCA) has represented the interests of companies engaged in a wide range of building and engineering services including domestic heating and renewable technologies.

B&ES members are subject to regular, third-party inspection and assessment of their technical competence and commercial capability, carried out by an independent certification body at least every three years.

B&ES members who undertake gas installations are registered with Gas Safe – the gas safety watchdog body – and are also members of TrustMark, the Government-endorsed scheme designed to direct customers towards reliable tradespeople.

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B&ES say that the easiest way to locate a qualified, reputable gas installer is to use TrustMark – the only trade competence scheme that’s officially endorsed and backed by the Government.
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Around 250,000 illegal gas jobs are carried out each year but homeowners must remember that dangerous gas work can be deadly.
Paul McLaughlin, B&ES chief executive