14 Sep Gas Safety Checklist for Carers
Here at KCS Compliance Services we support many Health and Social Care providers ensure their service is compliant and safe. As such we understand how the well-being of those in care, be that in their own home or in a residential home, is always top priority.
Gas safety is something we all should make ourselves familiar with. Records provided by CO-Gas Safety show 30 deaths per year in the UK are due to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, but these figures are almost certainly the tip of an iceberg.
CO is often referred to as the “silent killer” because of it’s colorless, odorless, tasteless and non-irritating nature.
The national Gas Safety Week campaign has set out a checklist specifically for carers, to help give guidance on the subject, including:
- How to check the ID card of a gas engineer
- The importance of regular servicing and maintenance of gas boilers
- Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning
- How to inspect the flame of a gas appliance
- The importance of ventilation and how blocking vents or chimneys to prevent draughts can be dangerous
- How condensation can be sign that a gas appliance is not working properly
- What to do if you suspect an appliance is not working correctly
For full details: Gas Safety Checklist for Carers