RLA backs Gas Safety Week

Post by Jeff Stevens on 22nd August 2012 in Appliance safety

RLA backs Gas Safety Week

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has offered its support to the forthcoming Gas Safety Week, due to take place next month.

Running from September 10to 16, Gas Safety Week aims to promote public awareness of safety-related issues, with a publicity campaign and a series of events planned. The RLA this week reminded its members of their own gas safety obligations. 

Landlords must ensure that gas appliances are kept in good condition, with a full safety check every 12 months. In addition, tenants must also be provided with a record of the inspection, which must be carried out by a Gas Safe-registered engineer. 

The RLA also reminded landlords to make sure that only fully-qualified and accredited professionals were allowed to carry out work on gas appliances, and added that fitting an audible carbon monoxide alarm could make the crucial difference in the event of a leak. 

Last week, south London landlord David MacDonald was handed a suspended sentence by Westminster Magistrates’ Court, after three of his tenants were hospitalised with carbon monoxide poisoning.

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