Its an alarming but true fact … illegal gas engineer are out there!
- Illegal fitters putting householders at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning;
- 1 in 5 gas appliances deemed so dangerous that it had to be disconnected immediately;
- 16% would trust an engineer if they said they were registered, rather than check ID card.
Around 1.1 million gas jobs are carried out every year by illegal fitters who aren’t properly qualified, putting householders at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions, a government body has warned.
A study[i] by Gas Safe Register, the nation’s only official gas registration scheme, found that illegal gas fitters installed over 186,000 gas cookers, 147,000 boilers, 75,000 gas fires, 32,000 gas meters and 645,000 gas pipework over one year.
Gas Safe Register has a team searching out rogue fitters and has investigated almost 5,000 illegal gas jobs in recent years, finding that 3 in 5 were in an unsafe condition. A worrying 1 in 5 were deemed to be so dangerous that the appliance had to be disconnected immediately. Always check their ID