Almost five million households at risk from illegal gas fitters.
Employing tradespeople based on looks rather than qualifications is putting Brits at risk
Two-thirds of gas jobs carried out by illegal fitters found to be unsafe by Gas Safe Register
New research has revealed that almost five million people across the UK are putting themselves at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions by employing illegal gas engineers who aren’t properly qualified.
Gas Safe Register, the nation’s only official legal gas registration scheme, found that nearly one in five people (19%) who employed a tradesperson to work on a gas appliance did not check their ID card or qualifications.
This comes as Gas Safe Register releases four years’ worth of data from its investigations team, which searches out unqualified and unregistered gas fitters across the UK. The team found that a worrying 65% of gas jobs carried out by illegal fitters were unsafe and one in five gas appliances were so dangerous that they had to be disconnected immediately.
The study found that people are most likely to employ a tradesperson based on recommendations from friends or family members (53%), and trust them based on their personal presentation (41%) or how official they look (30%), rather than on their qualifications (11%).
Please follow our advice and always use a Gas Safe registered engineer.