The Health and Safety (Gas) (Guernsey) Ordinance 2006, place duties on gas consumers, installers, suppliers and landlords.
- Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions, and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is a highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly and without warning, as you cannot see it, taste it, or smell it.
Check for warning signs that could indicate your (or others) gas appliances are not working correctly. Signs may include lazy yellow /orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, error messages or unexpected noises from your boiler or dark and sooty stains around your gas appliance.
By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home, your loved ones and even looking out for your local community. Follow these few simple checks to keep you and others safe.
Check your Landlord's Gas Safety Record. By law, your landlord must keep gas pipework, appliances and flues supplied for you to use in good condition. They must arrange a gas safety check of the appliances and flues every year and give you a record of the check. If your landlord refuses to provide you with one, you can report their details to the HSE. Report a dangerous gas installation or fitting (form) - States of Guernsey (gov.gg)
Check for warning signs that could indicate your (or others) gas appliances are not working correctly. Signs may include lazy yellow /orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, error messages or unexpected noises from your boiler or dark and sooty stains around your gas appliance. Contact your landlord, or, if you own the appliance, a Gas Safe registered engineer to check it. You can find a registered engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or by calling 0800 408 5500.
Know the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning - headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse, and loss of consciousness.
Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm and look out for your community by making sure your friends, relatives and neighbours have one too. Check they are marked EN50291 and display the British Standards' Kitemark.
Get your own gas appliances safety checked annually. Your landlord is not responsible for gas appliances that you own, so you should arrange for these to be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Set a reminder so you don't forget at StayGasSafe.co.uk. A person must not use any gas appliance or fittings that they know or suspect may be unsafe.
Check your engineer is qualified for the type of gas work you need doing e.g., natural gas, domestic boiler. You can find this information on the back of their Gas Safe ID card and the Gas Safe Register website.
- Anyone carrying out work on gas appliances or fittings as part of their business must be competent and registered with the Gas Safe Register. Only a competent person can carry out work on gas appliances or fittings.
- A person must not use any gas appliance or fittings that they know or suspect may be unsafe.
Landlord duties in rented properties
- Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants. Landlords must make sure maintenance and annual safety checks on gas appliances are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer to ensure their tenants and wider communities stay safe. .
If you're a landlord, you are legally obliged to make sure:
Gas pipework, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition.
All gas appliances and flues provided for tenants' use have an annual safety check. Your tenants can report you to the HSE if you don't provide one, so it's important to remember! You can set a free email and/or text reminder so you don't forget, visit StayGasSafe.co.uk.
A Gas Safety Record is provided to the tenant within 28 days of completing the check or to any new tenant before they move in.
You keep a copy of the Gas Safety Record until two further checks have taken place.
Maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.
All gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting.
Approved Code of Practice
- The ACoP - Safety in the Installation and Use of Gas Systems and Appliances [1Mb] was produced by the Health and Safety Executive for the purpose of providing practical guidance with respect to the requirements of the Health and Safety (Gas) (Guernsey) Ordinance, 2006.
- This is also available from the Health and Safety Executive by contacting email@example.com.