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Gas Safety Week: 15 - 21 September 2014

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service pledges its support for Gas Safety Week

As part of the Fire Kills campaign, The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (15-21 September), and will be helping to raise awareness of gas safety issues.

This fourth annual Gas Safety Week will see the whole industry coming together to bring gas safety to the forefront of people’s minds. Dangerous gas work can kill, so it is vital that gas appliances are safety checked at least once a year. If left unchecked, poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. In the last year alone, 343 people were injured and 10 people died as a result of gas related incidents.

People can sign up to a free reminder service at, and use the interactive gas map to see how many unsafe gas appliances are lurking in an area.

Russell Krämer, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said: “Every year, far too many people suffer from preventable gas related accidents, such as gas leaks, explosions, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s great therefore, that the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, as part of the Fire Kills campaign, has pledged its support and is raising awareness of gas safety issues, helping to let the 23 million gas consumers in the UK know about the simple checks they can make to stay safe.”

Follow these simple checks to stay gas safe.

  • Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home. You can find a registered engineer in your area by calling Gas Safe Register on 0800 408 5500 or visit
  • Get your gas appliances safety checked at least once a year and serviced in line with the manufacturer’s instructions. This includes your gas boiler, gas cooker and gas fire. Sign up at for a free reminder service.
  • Check the front and back of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card, making sure they are qualified to do the specific type of gas work you require.
  • Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm which will alert you if dangerous levels are present in your home.
  • Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly, such as lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.

For more information or to find Gas Safe registered engineer visit or call 0800 408 5500.

Chimney Fire Safety Week: 8 - 14 September 2014

Making a Clean Sweep of Safety

With summer drawing to a close, Chimney Fire Safety Week provides a timely reminder to make sure that your chimney is ready for the winter months ahead.  As part of the national Fire Kills campaign, the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are urging householders to ensure their chimney is safe and to have their chimney swept by a registered chimney sweep.

Open fires not only warm up a home, but also create a unique relaxing ambience.  With the numbers of people using open fires growing, the Fire Kills campaign has provided some top tips for safer chimneys.

Always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers:

  • Make sure embers are properly put out before you go to bed

  • Keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained

Julian Fountaine, Prevention Manager explains:  “With the colder, winter months looming, people will begin to start using open fires and their chimneys again.  In order to keep you and your family safe from fire, you need to take necessary steps such as ensuring your chimney is swept regularly, depending upon what fuel you burn and I would urge all householders to have a working smoke alarm in their home.” 

Smokeless coals

At least once a year


Up to four times a year

Bituminous coal

Twice a year


Once a year


Once a year

Julian Fountaine adds: “Latest statistics show that there are approximately 7,000 chimney fires a year in England, but most chimney fires are preventable. “All chimneys and flue-ways should be cleaned and checked during the summer months to ensure they’re free from debris and in full working order before the heating season. A blocked or defective chimney can cause both chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisonings so it’s very important to employ a professional qualified Chimney Sweep.”

To find a certified Chimney Sweep, or for more information on chimney fire safety, please visit:

  • The National Association of Chimney Sweeps website, please click here
  • The Institute of Chimney Sweeps website, please click here

On the first of every month, test your smoke alarms

Last year over 200 people died in fires in the home. You are more likely to die in a fire in the home if there is no working smoke alarm.  So on the 1st of every month, test your smoke alarms and tick it off your 'to do' list.  It takes no time at all and gives you and your family a better chance of surviving a fire.

First of the month - Time to Test.

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