Gas safety advice issued as Christmas domestic disasters revealed

HARBOROUGH residents are being reminded that the Christmas and New Year season is a time when domestic disasters are more likely to happen.

A new survey, carried out by Gas Safe Register, reveals some of the biggest disasters the public has faced over the festive period.

Disasters include missing a celebration because of bad weather (one in four), dropping the Christmas dinner on the floor (one in ten) and having a major family argument over what to watch on TV (one in ten).

However, more serious disasters, such as those involving gas, have also been experienced.

One in 10 people have been let down by their gas central heating or boiler breaking over the festive period and one in 10 have been left with no hot water.

A spokesman for the firm said: “Millions of us will be relying on gas over the festive period to keep our homes warm, provide hot water for all the family and cook the Christmas turkey.

If your gas appliances aren’t working properly, you may have more to worry about than a domestic disaster. Your home and family could be at risk from gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Gas incidents like these killed 17 people in the UK in the last year and injured a further 4282.”

Gas Safe Register is advising the public to follow three top tips to make sure they have a warm and safe Christmas:

* If your gas appliances let you down, only employ a Gas Safe registered engineer – it’s the law and will keep you safe. To find a registered engineer in your area, call Gas Safe Register on 0800 408 5500 or visit

* Prepare for the festive season and get all of your gas appliances, including boilers, fires and cookers, serviced and safety checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer. You should have this done once a year to stay safe.

* In a gas emergency contact the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999