Homeowners are being warned of the dangers of unsafe gas appliances this Gas Safety Week. 

The seventh annual Gas Safety Week runs from today (18) until Sunday (24).

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) have pledged their support for the event and will be raising awareness of gas safety.

Organisations from across the UK will be encouraging all gas consumers to make sure they have their gas appliances checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer and protect against the dangers of unsafe gas appliances, such as fires, leaks, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

According to figures compiled by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there have been 21 deaths and over 800 gas-related injuries in the last three years.

People are also being urged to ‘Trust the Triangle’ and check that their engineer is Gas Safe registered. 

Anyone working on gas appliances while not being registered is working illegally.

Safe and well manager, Vikki Thomas, said: “With cooler months on the horizon, the demand on our appliances will be higher and without checking they are working correctly, the level of risk increases as well.”