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STAY SAFE – CHECK YOUR GAS APPLIANCES - TrustMark praises the return of Gas Safety Week 2016 -

Sep 23, 2016, 07:29 AM by Georgina Watkins

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

 

ENDS

Issued on behalf of TrustMark - For further information, please contact:

Georgina Watkins, Tel: 07595 158460, Email: gwatkins@trustmark.org.uk

Notes to Editors

TrustMark

  • TrustMark is not an advertising directory or a website that sells leads. It is a registered social enterprise, operated under licence from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). As a not-for-profit organisation it does not make money from consumers.

     

  • TrustMark’s website has an easy to use UK wide postcode search facility, which provides details of more than 21,000 licensed trades and has the largest database of accredited tradespeople in the country.

     

  • All TrustMark firms’ technical skills have been independently checked through on-site inspections to ensure a high quality of workmanship and trading practices. TrustMark is the only scheme that requires qualified inspectors to do these visits, so that technical competence is checked as well as business practices and customer satisfaction.

     

  • TrustMark firms make a commitment to work to Government endorsed standards and are able to offer insurance backed warranties and deposit protection, as well as operating a user-friendly complaints procedure.