Why you should only use a Gas Safe registered heating engineer

If you require a Gas Safe registered heating engineer, Bowes Gas Services can cater for clients in Burnley, Blackburn and across Lancashire. If you’re not sure if you need a Gas Safe registered engineer, there’s one easy way to find the answer; if you’re looking to find someone who can repair, replace or install a gas appliance, then the answer is ‘Yes!’.

The Gas Safe register is the only official list of heating engineers that have been given the required permission to work safely and legally on boilers, cookers, fires and all other gas-fuelled appliances. Many people will know these professionals by their previous title of ‘CORGI plumbers’.

The Gas Safe Register has replaced CORGI as the official gas registration body for the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey, appointed by the relevant Health and Safety Authority for each area. By law, every gas and heating engineer must be on the Gas Safe Register.

From CORGI plumbers to Gas Safe

It used to be the case that if you were trying to find a heating engineer who was qualified to work on your boiler, gas fire or other equipment, you’d ask around or conduct a search for CORGI plumbers. However, on 1st April 2009, the Gas Safe Register took over as the gas registration body for Great Britain, and then in the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Guernsey on 1st April 2010.

Despite the change of name, using a Gas Safe registered heating engineer is much the same as using CORGI plumbers – it’s a customer’s assurance that their service provider is proficient to work in what could otherwise be a dangerous industry.

The Gas Safe Register focuses on improving and maintaining gas safety to the highest standards, ensuring that every heating engineer of the 123,000 or so on the register are qualified to work safely with gas.

Gas Safe – protecting the public

gas-safeThe Gas Safe Register helps to protect the public in a variety of ways, making sure that your heating engineer is providing a safe service as required by law. Regular inspections, tracing engineers that are operating illegally, raising awareness of gas safety and investigating reports of unsafe work are all part of the remit of this authorising organisation.

Putting it simply, if your heating engineer isn’t registered with Gas Safe, they are illegal and should not be trusted – always ask to see their ID card before you agree for them to carry out work.

Using an illegal heating engineer may save you some money, but the fact is that it could cost lives; using an unregistered engineer will also invalidate any warranty claims.

To employ the services of a Gas Safe registered heating engineer in Burnley, Blackburn, Colne, Nelson or anywhere else in Lancashire, contact Bowes Gas Services on 07845 014029 or 01282 862304.