A national campaign designed to increase the level of awareness surrounding gas safety has begun in the UK.
Gas Safety Week runs from September 16 to 22 and is co-ordinated by the Gas Safe Register, the official gas registration body in the UK. It's estimated that 21 million households in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and Guernsey depend on gas for their heating, hot water and cooking.
However, despite the large number of homes that use gas, there are still millions of people who fail to adequately protect themselves from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Research carried out as part of Gas Safety Week found that two-fifths of households fail to get their appliances checked by a Gas Safe-registered engineer on an annual basis. It's estimated that 10 per cent of people own gas appliances that have never been checked.
Russell Kramer, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said: "Every year, far too many people suffer from preventable gas related accidents, such as gas leaks, explosions, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning."
Consumers having gas work carried out in their home are urged to check that their engineer is Gas Safe-registered. It's possible to find and check an engineer at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or by calling 0800 408 5500.