IMPORTANT changes to gas legislation will come into effect next week.
From April 1, CORGI – the Council for Registered Gas Installers, which is the official gas safety body for the UK – is being replaced by the Gas Safe Register.
This means that by law, only Gas Safe registered engineers should carry out work on gas appliances and installations in people’s homes. Existing CORGI engineers will be required to apply to the new register.
The move has been designed to protect consumers from unsafe gas work and to promote gas safety.
Cabinet member for community services and environment, Cllr Mrs Kate Wild said: “It’s important that people are aware of this legislation which is designed to help keep them, their families and their homes safe.
“We urge people, before they have any gas work done in their home, to check the card and make sure the engineer is registered.”
Residents will be able to identify Gas Safe registered engineers by their ID card which should have their license number and their photo.
If people suspect that an engineer is not registered they should contact a Gas Safe Register advisor on 0800 408 5500 or visit www.gassaferegister.co.uk .