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Gas safety awareness levels revealed in latest survey of SMEs

15 September 2016

Results from a survey of more than 500 UK SMEs has shown more work is needed to raise awareness of gas safety.

Coinciding with the launch of Gas Safety Week, which starts on Monday, the survey was conducted by British Gas Business.

It revealed that 21% of respondents were unaware that their insurance could be invalidated if they failed to conduct an annual gas safety check.

Furthermore, around 20% of businesses said they do not have a carbon monoxide alarm.

However, 77% said they knew that gas appliances should be checked every year and 82% said a Gas Safe engineer had visited their premises to carry out gas safety checks within the last 12 months.

Just 3% of respondents said they believed there would be no health risk if gas safety checks were not completed every year.

The company has used the survey to remind employers they have a legal requirement to ensure gas appliances, pipework and flues are maintained in a safe condition and additionally that annual gas safety checks need to be completed by landlords.

Gas Safe Register managing director Jonathan Samuel said the survey showed that it was equally important to consider gas safety within workplaces, as well as homes.

"Some of the obligations and responsibilities may differ, but the risks from an unsafe gas appliance remain the same," he said.

"This Gas Safety Week, we encourage businesses of all shapes and sizes to check their gas appliances and keep employees and customers safe."

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