Northampton one of the most ‘at risk’ places in the East Midlands following gas safety checks

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At least 730 homes in Northampton have escaped deadly gas incidents in the last year, new figures have shown.

Gas Safe Register has inspected 2,214 homes in Northampton in the past four years and found unsafe gas appliances in one in 11 homes, making it one of the most dangerous places in the East Midlands.

The research carried out among Gas Safe registered engineers revealed that 57 per cent found a dangerous gas boiler, cooker or fire in a customer’s home in the last year that needed turning off immediately.

Around 45 per cent of these dangerous appliances were attributed to the fact that people had failed to get their gas appliance regularly serviced and had been left in a poor state.

In addition, National Grid found over 4,400 unsafe gas appliances at emergency callouts attended in just the last year across the region.

Russell Kramer, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said: “Over the past three years there’s been 31 deaths and over 1,000 injuries that have resulted from gas related incidents. However, listening to our engineers tell us about the situations they face on a daily basis and hearing just how many life-threatening incidents they prevent, it’s surprising there haven’t been more. It shows what a great job registered engineer’s do, but at the same time the public also has an important role in gas safety. An engineer can only help keep you safe if they are invited into your home to check your gas appliances. It’s therefore your responsibility to make sure you stay safe by regularly getting your appliances safety checked by a registered engineer.”

Last year, Gas Safe Register launched the first ever interactive gas map - www.StayGasSafe.co.uk - which tells people how safe or unsafe their area is when it comes to gas by simply entering their post code. People can also sign up to a free gas safety check reminder service which will alert them when their gas appliances need checking.

Russell continued: “We want to make it easy for people to stay gas safe. Over 150,000 people used the gas map in the last year, and many signed up to the reminder service6. We hope to see thousands more use these tools during and beyond Gas Safety Week this year to reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances that are lurking in homes and live in a safer Britain.”

There are 1,281 registered engineers based in Northampton who are supporting Gas Safety Week which runs until Sunday.

To find a Gas Safe registered engineer and for further gas safety advice visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.