What do you look for when finding a new plumber or heating engineer? Do you always check that the person you hire is Gas Safe registered before they carry out any gas work for you?
Many people feel embarrassed to ask to see an ID card when they have a trades person enter their home. You shouldn’t – if your contractor, engineer, plumber is confident in their own ability and qualifications, then they shouldn’t feel awkward about showing you their ID cards in any way.
Our own engineers are pro-active about showing our customers their identity, especially when it’s a new customer.
Last year over 1 million gas jobs were carried out illegally and this number is growing year on year.
We need to crack down on this illegal activity as it’s costing us money in our pockets as well as the potential risk to lives.
A Gas Safe registered engineer has spent a lot of time and money training to qualify to be able to provide a full service to the public and by allowing anyone with a bit of knowledge to carry out gas works just because he’s a friend of a friend or has a small amount of knowledge, is jeopardising lives and livelihoods.
Did you know? …
- 3 in 5 illegal installations were found to be unsafe
- 1 in 5 were deemed to be so dangerous they had to be disconnected immediately
- 3 in 4 victims had employed tradesmen based on a recommendation from others
- 22 people have died and nearly 1,000 injured due to gas related incidents in the last 3 years
I don’t want to be a scare monger but these are the very reasons why you should trust the triangle.
All Gas Safe registered plumbers and heating engineers are assessed and monitored by Gas Safe on a regular basis and if there is merest whiff of trouble they would be down on us within the industry like a ton of bricks.
So remember, don’t just take somebody’s word for it, make sure they are Gas Safe registered and trust the triangle!
That’s all for now folks!