Huddersfield-based heating and plumbing specialist Metro eco is urging businesses and landlords to check their appliances and ‘play it safe’ this Gas Safety Week (16th – 22nd September).
Metro eco, which works in the plumbing, heating and electrical trades and has been based in Yorkshire for 45 years, has regularly seen situations where properties have been dangerously close to disaster, due to the incorrect fitting, the age or a fault in appliances.
Gas Safety Week aims to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. According to the NHS, every year in the UK there are around 60 deaths in the UK from CO poisoning – the ‘silent killer’. Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas, created instead of the harmless CO2 when there is a lack of oxygen during the burning process, or if an appliance is faulty. When CO is inhaled it combines with the blood, preventing it from absorbing oxygen.
David Shaw of Metro eco said: “Most of us rely heavily on gas in both our homes and our business premises and it serves us very well. But it’s worth having a healthy respect for your gas appliances, making sure you look after them and have them checked regularly as the consequences when they go wrong can be deadly. That’s why Gas Safety Week is a great opportunity to remind people of the simple steps they can take to keep everyone safe. The most important thing is to make sure people choose a reputable and qualified Gas Safe engineer to do anything related to gas in their property – it’s not worth taking the chance. Always play it safe.”
Metro eco, which first launched in Huddersfield in 1974, is a Which? Trusted Trader. The company covers electrical work, plumbing, boilers, gas and heating for both homeowners and business owners. It directly employs its engineers and insists upon a high level of qualification, rather than relying on external contractors.