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Stay gas safe this summer

Herefordshire Council is issuing gas safety guidance for anyone off on holiday at home or abroad.

The council’s environmental health team is promoting important gas safety information from national organisation Gas Safe Register, to help you remain safe and enjoy your holiday.

Whether you are staying in a B&B, villa, chalet, caravan or hotel, it is important to follow a few simple steps, as knowing what signs to look out for could save your life.

  • Ask if the gas appliances have been safety checked
  • All appliances will be different, so follow the instructions to use them correctly
  • Gas cookers and BBQs should not be used as heaters and require adequate ventilation
  • Recognise the signs of damaged appliances, such as black marks or a ‘lazy’ flame
  • Don’t mistake carbon monoxide poisoning for food poisoning, dehydration or a hangover

If you smell gas or think there may be a gas leak:

  • Turn the gas off at the meter
  • Extinguish any naked flames
  • Open the windows
  • Leave the area
  • Immediately inform the owner or holiday company representative
  • If you feel unwell, seek medical advice

To find out more about gas safety on holiday, please download the holiday factsheet or visit the Gas Safe Register website.