How to check your home and gas appliances are Gas Safe (2023)

As Gas Safety Week celebrates its twelfth consecutive year, many of us are tightening our belts with the increase in the cost of living. Whilst budgeting may be on all our agendas, with the winter ahead it is crucial to ensure that you and your family are kept warm and safe over the colder months to come.

As part of Gas Safety Week, we have put together an essential guide to help you determine if your home is safe, registered with the Gas Safe Register, and how to find a gas safe engineer if your boiler or appliances need an autumn check-up.

What could happen if you don’t regularly inspect your gas appliances?

Gas Safety Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of taking care of our appliances and ensure that everyone is properly informed. Poorly and badly fitted gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Carbon monoxide poses one of the biggest threats when it comes to gas safety, as it can kill with no warning and can’t be seen, smelled, tasted or touched. There are approximately 200 carbon monoxide poisonings that require hospital admission each year in England and Wales. This is one reason why the Gas Safety Week initiative was created by Gas Safe Register, along with the official list of gas engineers who are officially registered to work with gas.

What is the Gas Safe Register?

The Gas Safe Register is the UK’s only official gas qualification regulatory body. By law, all businesses offering gas-related services are required to be registered with the Gas Safe Register to ensure they and their engineers meet stringent quality and competence checks.

Originally set-up to replace the former regulatory body CORGI, the Gas Safe Register regularly monitors all businesses with a current Gas Safe certificate and assesses Gas Safe qualified engineers operating on public, commercial and residential properties.

Top Tip: When looking for a company or self-employed engineer, always check that they are registered with the Gas Safe Register before allowing them to carry out any maintenance on your home, boiler or appliances.

Is Gas Safe registration a legal requirement?

All gas businesses and engineers must hold a Gas Safe certificate to work on gas and gas-reliant equipment legally. Companies or individuals offering to complete gas works without being registered with the Gas Safe Register risk being prosecuted and put you and your family in danger.

As a homeowner, you are not legally obligated to obtain a Gas Safety certificate or submit your home to annual checks to a Gas Safe registered engineer if you live in your home. However, commercial buildings are required by law to have their gas infrastructure and appliances checked and approved as safe every 12 months minimum. This also applies to landlords who are actively renting their property to tenants.

Top Tip: By law, LPG (liquefied petroleum gas, commonly known as ‘patio gas’) suppliers and fitters require a Gas Safe certificate to operate, as well as mains gas engineers. You can find an LPG Gas Safe registered engineer via the Gas Safe Register.

How can I check if my property has a gas safety certificate?

By law, all UK properties must comply with the strict measures defined by UK Building Regulations. This includes ensuring that any gas-dependent appliances and heating systems meet the Gas Safe standards.

When purchasing a property, we recommend that during the exchanging of contracts a full survey is carried out to ensure that you have peace of mind that your new home meets these standards. However, if you purchased your property without this, you can retrospectively check with the Gas Safe Register to see if your property has a gas safe certificate and/or building regulations compliance certificate assigned to it. Full details on how to make enquiries can be found on the Gas Safe Register website.

Top Tip: If you are the first owner of a new build property, or your property is within its ten-year new build guarantee, you may be able to contact the original developers and request a copy of the certificate for your records as this would have been completed during the construction of your property.

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How do I check if my boiler is Gas Safe registered?

If you have recently had your boiler replaced or a new heating system installed, the engineer or company that executed the works should have your gas safety certificate to hand. Many engineers will complete this certificate and submit it to the Gas Safety Register as part of the paperwork to accompany the work completed as a matter of best practice (in some cases this is required as part of your heating system’s manufacturer guarantee).

However, if you are unsure who installed or has since serviced your boiler, you can check directly with the Gas Safe Register to see if your boiler has been ‘notified’ (registered) with them and possesses a certificate. Full details on how to make enquiries can be found on the Gas Safe Register website.

Top Tip: If you would like to know if your boiler is Gas Safe, contact the original engineers who installed your heating system and ask if they have a copy of the certificate on file. It is likely your installers will have the original certificate to hand or will be able to provide proof that your boiler was registered when the work was completed.

Can I get a copy of my Gas Safe certificate?

If you have misplaced your property’s gas safety certificate and/or building regulations compliance certificate, or if you never received either when you purchased the property, you can apply to the Gas Safe Register for new, official copies.

The Gas Safe register charges £6.12 (inclusive of VAT) per duplicate certificate. These will automatically be sent to the postal address of the property in question and your nominated email address for a virtual copy.

Top Tip: To apply for new certificates to be sent to you, you can do so over the telephone or via the online application form on the Gas Safe Register website.

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Can you sell a house without a gas safety certificate?

Although many potential buyers will likely request it, there is no legal obligation for you to provide a current gas safety certificate for your boiler and gas-fed appliances when selling your home.

However, you are legally obligated to provide a building regulations compliance certificate to demonstrate your property meets the stringent health and safety requirements for UK abodes. You can do this by applying for a duplicate certificate from the Gas Safety Register or your local council.

Top Tip: Although it is not a legal requirement to provide a gas safety certificate, by showing prospective buyers you have a copy, you will increase the prospect of a fast sale if you are looking for a quick move!

What are the penalties for not having a gas safety certificate?

There are no legal repercussions for individual homeowners who do not possess a gas safety certificate as it is not a legal requirement. However, commercial buildings and residential buildings being let-out to tenants are required by law to have their gas infrastructure and gas-fed appliances checked every 12 months minimum to ensure they are safe for inhabitants.

Landlords and building management who fail to obtain a gas safety certificate on an annual basis are committing a criminal offence, facing uncapped fines (usually starting from £6,000 for each gas-dependent item that has not been checked) and up to six months imprisonment.

Top Tip: By not obtaining an annual gas safety certificate for your property and appliances, you may also be invalidating your commercial/landlord insurance and risk further compliance violations and fines.

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We always recommend that our homeowner, landlord and commercial customers check their property is safe and secure by registering their heating systems and gas appliances with the Gas Safe Register.

At Pimlico Group, your safety and satisfaction is our top priority. All our gas and heating engineers are registered with the Gas Safe Register, provide gas safe and building regulation compliance certificates, and ensure all our work meets the legal requirements to give you peace of mind.

If you are looking for gas safe engineers, or need one of our approved building specialists to attend to your property, call us today or fill out our contact form here to receive a free no-obligation quote.


How do I check the gas level in my house? ›

Here are five ways you can check for gas leaks in your house:
  1. Check for a Sulfur or Rotten Egg Smell. ...
  2. Listen for a Whistling or Hissing Noise. ...
  3. Check the Stove or Range Top. ...
  4. Use a Gas Leak Detector. ...
  5. Conduct a Soapy Water Test. ...
  6. Propane and Natural Gas Detectors. ...
  7. Carbon Monoxide Alarm. ...
  8. Carbon Monoxide and Explosive Gas Detector.
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How do I make sure my gas is safe? ›

2. Gas safety precautions
  1. Make sure your staff are trained to use equipment.
  2. Store gas cylinders as per regulations.
  3. Install and regularly test carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and alarm systems.
  4. Perform regular inspections.
  5. Schedule and record formal maintenance that is carried out by a competent person.
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How do I know if my gas stove is leaking carbon monoxide? ›

What Are Signs of Carbon Monoxide in Your Home?
  1. Yellow or orange flames coming out of your gas appliances instead of the usual blue flame.
  2. Dark and sooty staining on or around gas appliances.
  3. Pilot lights that frequently blow out.
  4. Increased condensation on windows.
  5. Solid fuel fires burn much slower than usual.
Dec 16, 2021

How do I know if my house has a gas leak? ›

How to Tell if You Have a Gas Leak in Your Home
  6. MIST OR FOG. ...
  7. BUBBLE TEST. ...
Mar 25, 2021

What gases should you test for in your home? ›

Radon, carbon monoxide and natural gas can all cause serious health problems and even death, so it's crucial to test the levels of these gases in your home to make sure your family's air is safe.

Will carbon monoxide detector detect gas? ›

Ultimately, no, a carbon monoxide detector cannot detect a natural gas leak. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas created when fuel is burned in the presence of low levels of oxygen. Carbon monoxide is very different from methane and cannot be detected with the same sensor.

How do I know if my gas is contaminated? ›

How do I know if my fuel is contaminated?
  1. Engine running rough or lacking power/performance.
  2. Engine harder to start than usual.
  3. Misfiring, pinging or backfiring.
  4. “Engine check” light illuminated.

What are the symptoms of natural gas poisoning? ›

High levels of natural gas exposure can cause natural gas poisoning, which is characterized by fatigue, severe headaches, memory problems, loss of concentration, nausea, loss of consciousness, and suffocation.

How long does it take to get carbon monoxide poisoning from a gas stove? ›

How long it takes for carbon monoxide to affect your health depends on many factors. Higher concentrations of the gas can kill you in less than five minutes, while lower concentrations can take several hours. Carbon levels in the home: 50 ppm and below is a low threshold, and most healthy adults don't show symptoms.

How can you tell if there is carbon monoxide in your house? ›

A carbon monoxide detector is a must for any home and just as important as a smoke detector. CO detectors should be placed near all bedrooms; they're the only way you will know if carbon monoxide is affecting the air quality in your home, and can help prevent serious illness and even death.

Can you smell if you have a gas leak in your house? ›

A small gas leak may not have a smell. However, if there's a gas leak in the home, you may eventually notice the smell of sulfur, similar to rotten eggs.

Is there a way to tell how much gas you have left? ›

Newer vehicles have a low fuel light that illuminates and often come equipped with technology that informs you on how many miles you can proceed before running out of gas. Further explanation: If the gas tank on a car holds 20 gallons of gas, and the gauge read "1/2", you have 10 gallons of gas.

What should the gas pressure be in my home? ›

A common operating pressure for natural gas appliances is around 7 inches of water column (WC) or re-stating this in equivalent measure, that's 14.9 millibars or 1743 Pascals or Pa, or about 0.25 psi (pounds per square inch) or about 4 ounces of pressure per square inch. See NATURAL GAS APPLIANCE PRESSURES for details.

What is normal gas pressure coming into house? ›

As gas enters your home, its pressure is typically around . 25 psi (pounds per square inch). That is 4 ounces, or 1/4 of a pound of pressure.


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