Gas Safety Week 16 – 22 September 2019

It’s Gas Safety Week! Organisations from across the UK are working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

During the 2017 – 2018 notifiable period there were 2,711 notifications of dangerous gas fittings reported in Great Britain a significant increase on previous years leading to the following consequences:

Incident Severity Incident Type 2017/18
Incidents All 129
Incidents Carbon monoxide poisoning 100
Incidents Other exposure e.g. to unburnt gas
Incidents Explosion/fire 29
Fatalities All 2
Fatalities Carbon monoxide poisoning 1
Fatalities Other exposure e.g. to unburnt gas
Fatalities Explosion/fire 1
Non-fatalities All 193
Non-fatalities Carbon monoxide poisoning 154
Non-fatalities Other exposure e.g. to unburnt gas
Non-fatalities Explosion/fire 39

1 An incident can cause more than one fatality or injury.

Source Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)

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