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What is a Gas Safety Check?

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Back to Basics, read on, for everything you need to know about  Gas Safety Checks:

Owners of residential rented  properties, for example landlords are required by law, to arrange for a gas inspection of any gas appliances in their property.  This is known as a Gas Safety Check.  This should be performed by a Gas Safe registered engineer every 12 months.  Upon satisfactory completion of this check, the landlord will receive a Gas Safety Certificate .  This must kept on record for the next 2 years.  It is legally the landlord’s obligation to provide exisiting tenants with a copy of the certificate within 28 days of the Gas Safety check being performed.  New tenants must receive this certificate upon the start of their tenancy. Even if you rent out a home for a short period of time, you will still have to arrange a Gas Safety Check.

A Gas Safety Check will include:

• Gas appliances being checked for gas tightness.

• When test points are available, standing and working pressure will be tested.

• Checks for burner pressure and gas rate against the manufacturers data plate.

• Checks will be carried out to make sure there is necessary ventilation.

• Flue flow will be tested to make sure products of combustion are removed.

• All flame failure devices will be checked to make sure they are working properly.

• Checks to make sure that the stability brackets are present and effective and that there is physical stability.

• Checks will be made for any evidence of unsafe operation.  This will be recorded.

Without completion of all of the above checks, an appliance cannot be issued a Gas Safety Certificate.

Once a Gas Safety check is completed, a Gas Safety Certificate will be issued.  This will include

• The name and address of the landlord.

• Where the Gas Safety Check was carried out.

• The date it was performed on.

• A description and location of each appliance checked.

• Any safety defect identified and any action required or taken to rectify it.

• Confirmation of the results of the operational safety checks carried out on the appliances.

• Name, registration number and signature of the engineer who carried out the check.

The Gas Safety check must be performed by a Gas Safe registered engineer.  A list of Gas Safe registered engineers in England can be found at,  Landlords can also sign up for a free reminder service, which will help them remember to order a Gas Safety Check.

At CEC Energy UK, we are Gas Safe registered.  We specialise in carrying out Gas Safety Checks.  We carry out in excess of 6000 certificates per year.  We are progressively growing into one of the capital’s leading supplier of Gas Safey Certificates

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