New research reveals almost five million people are putting themselves at risk of employing an illegal gas worker, by not checking their engineer's Gas Safe ID card.
65% of illegal gas work inspected by our investigations team were unsafe. One in five gas appliances were so dangerous, they had to be disconnected immediately. Unsafe gas work can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and even explosions.
Matt Allwright, consumer rights champion, said:
“...too many people are letting illegal gas fitters into their home and putting their families at risk. It is vital that people don’t just trust a friendly face but make sure fitters are Gas Safe registered and qualified to work in their property, as the consequences of an unsafe gas appliance can be fatal.”
You can find out how dangerous your postcode area is at StayGasSafe.co.uk.
Don’t become a victim of illegal gas work; follow our top tips:
Trust the Triangle: only employ a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home. Find a registered engineer in your area GasSafeRegister.co.uk
Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning; headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
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.
If you suspect that someone is an illegal fitter or are worried about gas work carried out in your home, please contact us.