With Gas Safety Week (19-25 September 2016) upon us, TrustMark, the Government-endorsed scheme for tradespeople, has issued a timely reminder to householders to take the necessary gas safety measures to keep themselves and the vulnerable safe from dangerous gas appliances. Last year, at least 55,200 homes in the UK escaped deadly gas incidents.
TrustMark, who is currently collaborating with the Gas Safe Register to offer both consumer and contractor services to its registered gas engineers and customers, is proud to support the national campaign and is encouraging all households to regularly inspect their appliances and only use Gas Safe registered engineers to do the annual safety checks and servicing. Anyone working on gas appliances while not being Gas Safe registered is working illegally.
Simon Ayers, CEO of TrustMark said: “Gas safety is a crucial part of managing a property and it’s something every household should be aware of. Every week families, and especially the elderly and vulnerable people, fall victim to poorly fitted and maintained gas appliances, which can lead to gas leaks, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
“Gas Safety Week is about ensuring people understand gas issues, and how to keep themselves safe in their homes. We strongly advise anyone who is considering having any work carried out on their gas boilers and appliances to only use reputable firms that have been assessed and qualified and are Gas Safe registered. Don’t be afraid to ask to see evidence of their qualifications and check to see their Gas ID card. And remember, all Gas engineers MUST be registered with Gas Safe Register!”
Andy Dobing, Managing Director of D.J McGough Ltd, a TrustMark and Gas Safe registered business, added: "Having been in the heating and plumbing industry for over 28 years, we understand the dangers of gas appliances and the importance of Gas Safety Week as it drums home the dangers of gas and the catastrophic consequences if not carried out by a competent and compliant engineer. By being registered with both TrustMark and the Gas Safe Register, we are able to provide assurance and peace of mind to our customers as they know that any work we carry out on their homes will be of a high standard and to Government-endorsed standards. To demonstrate our level of commitment to our customers safety, we are now providing a carbon monoxide detector for every heating job we sell."
As part of the pilot scheme with Gas Safe Register, TrustMark is offering all registered gas engineers and their customers access to services that will assist in any challenges that fall outside of the gas safety technical areas. This includes access to an effective dispute resolution for non-gas safety complaints through TrustMark’s certificated dispute resolution services and services such as TrustMark Escrow - a low-cost payment protection service, consumer protection through the Trading Standards assured advice scheme and guidance on the new consumer protection laws.
If you are looking for a Gas Safe Registered engineer, you can find one in your area via the TrustMark website - www.trustmark.org.uk
Issued on behalf of TrustMark - For further information, please contact:
Georgina Watkins, Tel: 07595 158460, Email: email@example.com
Notes to Editors
TrustMark is the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme that covers work a consumer chooses to have carried out in or around their home