We all use gas appliances, so it's important to make sure they're working properly. With a few simple gas safety tips, you can keep your home and your family safe - during Gas Safety Week and all year round.

Read my tips for more information on what to do if you smell gas, when to get your appliances checked and why you should think about fitting a carbon monoxide detector.

What to do if you smell gas or suspect a leak

If you think you've got a gas leak in your home, leave the house immediately and call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999

If you smell gas anywhere, outside or inside, leave the area and call the National Gas Emergency Service. Only use a mobile phone outside, and wait until you're well away from the leak.

Don't send us an email or use the contact page on this site. Always call to report the leak immediately.

Read our gas leak advice

Arrange for regular gas safety checks

Make sure you get a Gas Safe registered engineer to service your gas appliances. We recommend you do it at least once a year. Don't use a gas appliance you suspect isn't working properly. If in doubt, have it checked. Only Gas Safe registered engineers are legally allowed to work on gas installations. All SSE engineers are Gas Safe registered.

If you live in rented accommodation, your landlord must arrange an annual Gas Safety check, and get a certificate.

Find out more with our free guides to gas safety checks and gas safety certificates.

Fit a carbon monoxide detector

You should fit a carbon monoxide (CO) detector. Carbon monoxide is colourless and odourless, and it can be fatal. Make sure your ventilation bricks, grilles and outside flues aren't blocked or covered. And that you know what the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are - headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. 

Find out more about it in our free guide to carbon monoxide safety.

Check your gas appliances for warning signs

To make sure your gas appliances are working properly, look for black marks or stains around the appliance (these are a bad sign). And check the flame is a crisp blue - not a lazy yellow.

Keep your boiler safe and your house warm

To make sure your boiler and heating system are safe and working well this winter, here's more information about our Home Services products.

Find out about SSE Home Services