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How gas safe is your business

Recent research shows that small businesses in Britain are putting employees and customers at risk as 18% fail to install a carbon monoxide alarm.

British Gas Business surveyed more than 500 SME owners and senior managers with responsibility for energy as part of gas safety week this week in a bid to increase awareness.

77% of businesses were aware that gas appliances need to be checked on an annual basis and that 82% had a Gas Safe registered engineer visit their workplace in the last year.

It also revealed that 21% small businesses (SMEs) were not aware that failing to have an annual gas safety check could actually invalidate their insurance.

It’s equally important to consider similar appliances in the workplace that are in our homes, so for example: boilers, cookers or fires.

Actual responsibilities may differ, but the risks from an unsafe gas appliance remain the same that’s why it’s imperative to check all appliances, no matter how big or small, to keep you, your employees and your customers safe.

Every business should have its gas appliances checked and have an audible carbon monoxide detector and considering they cost from as little as £13 it’s a minimal fee to any business.

If you think you have a gas or carbon monoxide leak please contact National Grid on 0800 111 999.

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