Save a life: Electricity at Work and the Gas Safe Register

by / Saturday, 24 January 2015 / Published in Gas and Electricity
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James Ashby

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On January 24, 2015
Last modified:December 12, 2015


Protect your friends and family by reading this informative gas and electricity safety guide.

Working with gas and electricity can be very dangerous and that’s why organisations put regulations in place to ensure the safety of workers. The gas safe register and the electricity at work regulations 1989 are key to ensuring that workers reduce the risk of accidents at work. Instant Energy recognises the importance of maintaining safety to the highest degree and therefore urges workers using gas and electricity to register and comply with these standards.

Whilst discussing safety, it is worth mentioning the importance for families to maintain an environment where electricity for kids is monitored. Understanding safety measures in the household will undoubtedly protect your families and reduce the risk of accidents.

For details on saving money on your gas and electricity, check out the other great guides on Switching your energy provider.

What is the Gas Safe Register?

The Gas Safe Register is a means of ensuring workers keep to the highest standards of gas safety. All gas engineers within Great Britain, Guernsey and the Isle of Man must be on the register by law.

By registering on the Gas Safe Register, the public can rest assured their gas engineer is fully trained to work safely.

The importance of the gas safe register

To be listed on the gas safe register, all gas engineers must be qualified to work with gas. For this reason, the safety standards can be re-enforced throughout the country.

The register is administered by the Capita Group. The Capita Group conduct regular inspections on the work undertaken by the registered engineers. They also investigate any illegal work conducted by engineers that are not registered and unsafe gas work.

How can you keep ‘gas safe’?

All registered gas engineers hold registration cards with their identity and photo on. Keep your friends and family safe by asking your engineer to show their registration card. Illegal work often encompasses unsafe, unprofessional and more costly to you in the future.

Electricity for kids – keeping a safe environment

Electricity is one of the biggest dangers in everyday life, especially within the home. Unsafe practice and appliances can dramatically increase the risks of life threatening injuries. Keeping up-to-date with the latest safety measures will reduce the hazards around the home and electricity for kids will be one less thing to worry about.

Protect your kids from electrical hazards

The best course of action is to work gradually through the whole house, identifying every electrical hazard. Start with the bathroom, remove all electrical items from here. With easy access to running water, keeping electrical items kept securely away throughout the house is a must.

Educate your kids about electricity safety. Ensure they understand the dangers of electricity, especially around water. Ensuring your kids are dry after a bath can easily be forgotten in a rush but this will reduce the risks around electrical items and sockets.

The kids’ bedroom is where they spend most of their time unattended. Make sure electrical sockets are kept safe. You can buy safety plugs for sockets from the majority of home stores. This will stop kids from sticking items into the sockets. Lastly, keep leads safely tied up to prevent any dangerous falls.

Never overload sockets with multiple plugs. This could cause a fire. The best practice is to find a way to spread the plugs over a tested extension cable.

Within the kitchens, the obvious danger is the toaster. Kids may be tempted to stick metal objects into a toaster to remove jammed toast. Make sure the toaster is out of reach when you are not using it. Other electrical appliances which pose risks can include a microware, dishwasher and iron. All of these items should be operated by an adult at all times.

Education is king at the end of the day and the time you spend educating your kids around the dangers of electricity, the easier you can rest knowing your kids are safe.

What is the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989?

The regulations set out within the electricity at work legislation emphasise the responsibility employers have to maintain safety standards in the workplace in relation to electrical devices. You may have overheard colleagues quote the need to ‘PAT’ test all electrical devices within a workplace. This is essentially the requirement for all electrical devices to be tested and operated safely.

PAT, short for Portable Appliance Testing is the inspection and testing of electrical equipment at regular intervals to ensure they reduce any risks that electricity imposes.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, sets out a list of standards that employers must comply with. The regulations include the safety of employees in operating electrical devices, safety testing and adequate electrical maintenance of devices.

Remember to practice safety and reduce your risks

Thanks for taking the time to read this article. We hope if anything you take away the awareness of the electrical devices around you and the safety of your family with gas. Safety is a controllable variable within your house and office environment and losing that control will increase the risks of injuries or worse.

Practice safety and live happy.

At Instant Energy, we not only provide helpful advice for safety, we aim to help you save money on your electricity and gas bills. Read our other articles on utility comparisons and our revealing 7 reasons for switching guide.

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