Gas safety and students - an explosive combination?
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It is muted that, on moving into their accommodation, students will probably have sorted out the nearest pub and takeaway, but have they given any consideration to gas safety in their accommodation?
Ironically, the symptoms of a hangover and carbon monoxide poisoning are scarily similar. As the mother of boys who have been the house share route, I have no doubt that gas safety didn't even enter their minds! Pubs and takeaways most definitely did.
The bottom line is, just ensure that you give it some thought. Your landlord has a legal duty to carry out an annual gas safety check and regular service, which must be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer, not the guy down the pub.
A gas safety certificate must be issued for any gas appliances on an annual basis. The HSE website have a student factsheet available for download.
A few minutes is all it takes. A life is what is at risk.
Litigation Executive - Personal Injury team
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