Both tenants and private landlords can help prevent accidents in the home caused by faulty gas appliances, it would seem.

According to the Gas Safe Register's national investigations officer Phill Brewster, property owners or renters should always check that any engineer who is used to undertake work on a gas system is qualified.

Reporting any illegal gas workers to the new national body for gas safety can also help the industry clampdown on rogue traders, he said.

Landlords should be aware that the Gas Safe Register is now the official accreditation group for gas safety in the UK - it took over from the Corgi scheme on April 1st this year.

Mr Brewster explained: "In the right hands gas is perfectly safe, but in the hands of an illegal gas fitter it can kill. We are urging people to help us to protect them."

He added that people can nominate their property for a free gas safety check, which enables professionally-qualified staff to ensure recent gas work has been completed to the correct standard.

Written by John Weeks

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