Gas and electrical safety

Whether you own or rent your home, it should be free from gas and electricity faults.

If you are renting, your landlord is responsible for gas and electrical safety.

Find out more GOV.UK website

Gas safety tips

  • Have your gas appliances safety checked every year. If you rent your home make sure your landlord arranges this
  • Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix or service gas appliances. You can find or check a Gas Safe registered engineer by visiting the Gas Safe Register website or by calling 0800 408 5500
  • Ask to see your engineer’s Gas Safe register ID card
  • Lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones could be a sign your gas appliance is not working correctly
  • Fit a carbon monoxide alarm. Choose an audible alarm which will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home. Carbon Monoxide is a poisonous gas that can kill quickly without warning
  • If you smell gas call the National Grid gas emergency number on 0800 111 999

Electrical safety tips

  • Switch off any appliances when not in use and pull out any plugs
  • Never take electrical items into the bathroom
  • Don't overload sockets. You can use the Electrical Safety First socket overload calculator to check
  • Don't touch electrical appliances with wet hands
  • Keep sockets safe from children by fitting socket covers
  • Unplug your electric blanket before you get into bed, unlessthey have a thermostat control for safe all-night use
  • Make sure an electrical appliance has a British or European safety mark when you buy it
  • Check flexible cables on kettles and other similar appliances for signs of fraying, general wear and tear, or a loose plug
  • Look out for warning signs such as blowing fuses or a burning smell
  • Make sure any electrical works are done by a qualified electrician and meet current building regulations

There is useful advice on keeping safe when using electrical appliances

Visit Electrical Safety First website

Learn about electrical safety with this children's website from Electrical Safety First.

Visit Switched on Kids website

Power cut support for the vulnerable

If you have an elderly neighbour, relative or know someone vulnerable who may need extra support in the event of a power cut, tell them about the UK Power Networks Priority Service Register.

If you join the register you will receive a priority phone number that you can call 24 hours a day, a welcome pack with useful advice about preparing for a power cut and also extra support from the British Red Cross, if required.

Visit UK Power Networks website

Useful links

Other MyLife pages: Fire safety, Home security, Help in an emergency

External websites: Gas Safe Register, Electrical Safety First, Switched on KidsGOV.UK, UK Power Networks