Progress Housing Group is proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2020

The Lancashire-based housing group has once again pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (14 – 20 September 20) and will be using the campaign week to raise awareness about the importance of gas safety in tenants' properties.

As we celebrate the tenth year of Gas Safety Week, the Group joins organisations from across the UK who are working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

This year, Gas Safety Week is addressing a whole range of gas safety matters with a focus on community safety in these difficult times.

Cath Mustafa, Head of Property Services at Progress Housing Group, said, “We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week again this year and helping to raise awareness of the importance of gas safety in people's homes.

"Despite the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown restrictions making it challenging in some circumstances to enter tenants' properties to carry out gas safety checks, the safety of our customers remained of paramount importance to us at all times.

“Where cases fell overdue during the lockdown, we agreed with our tenants to complete the safety checks in line with government guidelines, exiting the lockdown in June with only nine outstanding gas safety checks to complete and allowing us to achieve and maintain 100% gas safety compliance since early July.

"Gas Safety Week this year provides an opportunity for us to remind our tenants of the importance of gas safety and how they can find out more about keeping their families and their homes safe, with help from our teams at Progress Housing Group and the useful information and resources from the campaign."

Jonathan Samuel, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said, “It’s great to see so many people supporting Gas Safety Week this year to help share important and, in some cases, lifesaving advice about gas safety. It’s vital in these uncertain times to look out for the safety of our local communities and ensure people always use a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to work on gas appliances at their home.

"It’s how we can all work together to stay gas safe."

 

Find out more about the Gas Safety Week campaign and how you can keep your family and your home gas-safe:

Keep up-to-date with Gas Safe Register’s updates and advice throughout Gas Safety Week by following @GasSafeRegister on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and search #GSW20 and #GasSafetyWeek.

Visit the Gas Safety Week website by clicking here.

To keep you and your family safe, follow Gas Safe Register’s top tips:

• Know the symptoms of CO poisoning; headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.

• If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.

• Never attempt to work on a gas appliance yourself, always seek the help of a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer who can work on your gas cooker, boiler or fire in a safe way.

• Don’t cut corners - only employ a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home.

• Always ask to see your engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. Make sure you check the back of the card, which will state which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.

Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers. You can find a registered engineer in your area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website at GasSafeRegister.co.uk.

Progress Housing Group tenants - if you think you may have a gas leak or if you can smell gas in your property, call the National Grid gas emergency number on 0800 111 999. 
More information on gas safety and our annual gas safety checks can be found on our website by clicking here.
Progress Lifeline provides carbon monoxide alarms linked to the Progress Lifeline round-the-clock 24/7 control centre. These remotely-monitored carbon monoxide and smoke alarms (telecare) can provide support and peace of mind to families of people who may be older or vulnerable.
You can find out more about the different telecare sensors available on the Progress Lifeline website by clicking here.