Brits have been reminded of the importance of regularly maintaining household appliances with boiler services in Edinburgh after it has been revealed one in 20 houses are home to dangerous devices.
British Gas has released results of a survey of 3,050 adults during its Gas Safety Week (September 16th to 22nd), which showed engineers found 26,000 unsafe or dangerous gas and electric appliances during the first seven months of 2019.
It also revealed one in ten adults would still use a device even if they saw a ‘spark’ coming from it.
“We have so many gadgets in the house nowadays that it can be difficult to keep on top of them all, but it’s important to keep an eye on whether they’re working as they should be,” said Lauren Vazquez, engineer and safety expert for British Gas.
She went on to say: “Some of the unsafe appliances we’ve come across could have had a devastating effect on our customers’ health and safety, had we not identified them.”
British Gas’s survey also revealed two-thirds worry about their appliances being safe, despite typical Brits having three broken electrical gadgets that they know about.
It also found half of all households have already received an electric shock from a faulty good, while the same number do not test their devices as regularly as they should do.
Gas Safety Week is bringing together organisations around the UK to make the public more aware of the dangers of using poorly-managed gas appliances. These include potential fires, explosions, carbon monoxide poisoning, and gas leaks.
It recommended using a Gas Safe-registered engineer to service, install and repair appliances; having appliances regularly assessed every year; and checking devices for signs they are not working properly, including black marks or stains, too much condensation and lazy yellow flames.