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Prevention is Better than Cure

Gas Emergency

The National Gas Emergency telephone number is 0800 111 999.

When calling the Gas Emergency Helpline you will be asked a number of questions - see the back of our card for more details.

Don't rely on your memory - keep the gas safety information leaflet in a safe place that you can access quickly in a real emergency.

Illegal Fitters Endanger the Public

Around 1.1 million gas jobs are carried out every year by illegal fitters who aren’t properly qualified, putting householders at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions, a government body has warned.

A study by Gas Safe Register, the nation’s only official gas registration scheme, found that illegal gas fitters installed over 186,000 gas cookers, 147,000 boilers, 75,000 gas fires, 32,000 gas meters and 645,000 gas pipework over one year.

The Gas Safe Register team searched out rogue fitters and investigated almost 5,000 illegal gas jobs in recent years, finding that 3 in 5 were in an unsafe condition. A worrying 1 in 5 were deemed to be so dangerous that the appliance had to be disconnected immediately.

Are You Gas Safe?

Click on the Gas Safe Register image to check if you're safe

Click on the logo above to check if you are Gas Safe

Further Information

Natural Gas Scratch and Sniff Cards UK

Following on from last year's successful Gas Safety Week with many housing groups, UK gas networks and Fire & Rescue Services, St Andrew Print has successfully designed and printed natural gas scratch and sniff cards that increases awareness of the gas smell amongst young people, parents and communities.

We have proactively developed this product that increases awareness of the gas smell in the form of a scratch and sniff card that releases the pungent rotten egg odour (Mercaptan) added to natural gas. This card is multifunctional in that it not only contains the gas smell but also important information on immediate actions to take if the smell of natural gas is detected, what questions will be asked when reporting a potential gas leak and the horrific consequence if ignored.

With more children coming home from school to an empty house, the elderly and people entering the country from abroad, it is becoming apparent that gas safety should be acknowledged by all concerned. With our scratch & sniff gas cards enables young people and families to recognise the smell of gas - and how to stay safe if they do notice a dangerous leak.

Duty of Care to Tenant Safety

It’s also good to see that the housing association has produced this very useful and novel leaflet with the scratch and sniff panel.

Gas safety is all about your property and also your life, so the advice it gives could be a lifesaver.

How Our Gas Cards are Used

We provide our scratch & sniff gas scented cards for UK gas network organisations and housing groups, who are issuing them to tenants as part of their annual gas maintenance programme.

This card can be retained and kept handy on a notice board or a fridge for instant future reference.

We have found our scratch & sniff natural gas card to be an effective way to teach people about the smell of natural gas. This card provides a memorable odour on one side and vital safety information on the reverse.

Educating the Community

Our scratch-and-sniff cards which demonstrate what gas smells like were very popular, especially with the Rainbows, aged five-seven.

The girls learned what a gas leak smells like and to call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999 if they ever smell gas.

How We Help You

St Andrew Print are scratch and sniff specialist printers.

These natural gas awareness cards can be produced to a customised design and bespoke size totally in accordance with client’s corporate guidelines.

Our graphic design team will work closely with your marketing people to produce a design that is in keeping with your corporate image and to ensure the highest quality printing.

To assist charities and non-profit organisations, we can offer a free print design service.

Fatal Gas Explosion

A gas explosion that killed a man, demolished a house and damaged several other nearby properties was potentially triggered when the home owner used an electrical switch.

It is believed Paul Wilmott, 63, became desensitised to the smell of gas before the explosion caused by a badly corruded and fractured gas pipe.

The tragic incident occurred in Haxby, near York, on the 19th February 2016.

Drone video footage of the tragic aftermath is below.

A Fifth of UK Homes Have Unsafe Gas Appliances

A fifth of UK homes have unsafe gas appliances according to the latest inspection figures. 

Of 19.452 UK homes inspected between April last year and March 2019, one in five (3,966) were found to have unsafe appliances such as cookers, boilers or fires. 
[Source: Gas Safe Register] 

This follows a reported increase for the number of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning incidents attended by UK Fire and Rescue services. Incidents rose by a third from 2,450 in 2014 to 3.249.

Carbon monoxide is odourless tastless gas that is produced then fuel is not burned properly, usually by badly fitted or poorly maintained appliances. More information on Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

A survey for the Gas Safe Register found 92% of careers did not know at least one of the key signs of an unsafe gas appliance. 

Alarming Survey Results

In the UK, it is assumed that everyone knows the smell of gas but alarmingly a recent survey proved this assumption to be wrong.

Our survey findings are concerning when you consider the devastation, death and injury that can occur in a gas explosion.

In addition the survey also showed that 48% of people do not know the actions to take in a gas emergency. This is worrying, considering that with 10 deaths and 204 injuries labelled as gas-related incidents in the past five years alone, gas leaks are something everyone should take seriously and always use a gas safe engineer for installation and maintenance.

The survey concluded that 100% of people said YES when asked if they would like to receive a gas card. 

Prevention is Better than Cure

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