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Circle of blue flames rising from gas hob

Under normal circumstances, you can’t see gas.

You can’t hear it, you can’t feel it, and you better hope you can’t smell it. 

But most of us rely on gas to some degree, whether it’s warming our homes or cooking our dinner.

Around 80% of UK homes have a gas central heating system while 38% of UK homes own a gas oven.

The consequences of not taking gas safety seriously can be deadly. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances and installations can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions, and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

More than 260 over-65s are injured by gas appliances every year, according to the Gas Safe Register, so anyone who uses gas in their home needs to be aware of the gas risks and how to keep safe. 

Three tips to keep homes gas safe:


  • Educate your customers on CO poisoning symptoms
    CO has no smell, taste or colour, so make homes and businesses aware of the symptoms of poisoning such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness – all of which can be mistaken for something else.


  • Recognise unsafe gas appliance signs
    Just over half of Britons (53%) know the signs of unsafe gas appliances.
    These include a lazy yellow flame (instead of a crisp blue flame), soot or staining on or around the appliance, and; excess condensation in a room. 

We’re looking for Gas Engineers throughout the UK to join AO.

You’ll be able to work a ‘four-on, four-off’ pattern.
And you can keep your gas card, so you can carry on working for yourself.

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