Gas appliances are very essential part of a house and it can also be very dangerous, Gas Safety Engineers are the ones responsible in checking the gas safety of the property if it is safe to use. One event wherein engineers marked a property with “Not to Current Standards” and recommended that the landlord must update the appliance to the current standards. However, some of these recommendations was disregarded by landlords stating that these appliances did not cause any damage to the property.
The new changes to the Gas Safety Engineers procedure mean that warnings like NCS will no longer be available. Any gas appliances that is at risk will immediately be marked with ‘At Risk’ (AR) or Immediately Dangerous’ (ID), this will be determined by the Gas Safe registered engineer and will immediately be marked with “DANGER DO NOT USE” sticker. In an event that the gas appliances were previously marked with an NCS will now be marked with an AR and must update the installation to the current standards.
Both the user and owner has responsible duties under the Gas Safety and Use regulations to make sure that the installation of appliances is being maintained to the current standards and is not a threat to the safety of everyone in the property. If you own a gas appliance, then it’s your liability to keep it safe since it is illegal to use appliances that is marked with any unsafe sticker.
The Danger Do Not Use mark was introduced on the 1st of July 2015, however to help engineers and business man accept the changes they are given a 12-month-lead-in period which needs to be complied by July 1st of 2016.