Your safety

Gas and carbon monoxide

Gas

We have a legal duty to carry out a safety check each year to make sure that the gas supply and appliances in your home are in a safe condition.

Visit our gas safety page for more information.

Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the 'silent killer' as it is colourless and odourless. It can come from faulty appliances powered by any fuel that burns. These include gas, solid fuel and oil fuels. CO alarms detect the presence of this poisonous gas.

We will fit and service carbon monoxide detectors as part of our ongoing maintenance programme. Always take the following precautions (especially if a CO detector hasn't be fitted yet):

  • NEVER Use a gas appliance if you think it is not working correctly. Look out for signs that include yellow or orange flames, soot or staining around the appliance and pilot lights that frequently blow out
  • NEVER Cover up a gas appliance
  • NEVER Block or obstruct any internal or externally fixed ventilation grille or airbrick
  • NEVER Block or cover any internal or externally fitted flue from a gas appliance
  • NEVER Allow an unqualified gas fitter or person to install or carry out works on your gas appliances, or attempt the work yourself (all qualified gas fitters are registered with Gas Safe and must present an up to date Gas Safe identification card).

Fire

We will fit a smoke alarm in your home and carry out fire risk assessments for all communal areas. It is your responsibility to make sure that you test the smoke alarm regularly and keep all emergency exits clear.

Visit our fire safety page for additional information.

Electrical

We will test your electricity supply and wiring before you move into your home to make sure it is safe. You should ensure that your own electrical equipment is safe and in good working order.

Water

At times we may need you to turn off your water supply. You should make sure you know where your stopcock is. It's a good idea to test it twice a year to make sure it is working. You can do this by shutting it off to check it closes, then opening it fully. Then close it slightly by turning it a little towards off.

Please note: if you do have to turn off your water supply, you may also need to turn off your heating system.

Asbestos

Some of our homes contain asbestos as it was used extensively as a building material in the UK from the 1950s through to the late 1980s. If your home was built after the year 2000 it will not contain asbestos.

We do not need to remove all asbestos from our properties as it is often safer to manage the asbestos rather than disturb it. Do not tamper with, or touch, any asbestos material.

Areas where asbestos containing materials might be found include external fascia and soffit boards, roof felt or lining panels, roof cement, cold water tanks, textured coatings to ceilings and walls (e.g. Artex), ceiling panels, garage roofs, bath panels, panels behind fires, heaters or boilers, service ducting, boiler flues, garage rainwater down pipes, panels beneath window frames, roof sheets or tiles, old ventilation pipes, hot pipe insulation, garage fascia boards, garage window lining, fire door panels, partition walls, vinyl floor titles and linoleum products.

If you are planning to do any DIY which involves drilling, cutting or sanding materials in any of the locations mentioned above, or if you are in any doubt, please contact us.

Visit our asbestos page for additional information.