Consumer Advice

Gas Safety Week: New interactive gas map identifies the most dangerous postcodes in the country

Mon.16.Sep.2013 UTC

To mark Gas Safety Week, 16 – 22 September, Great Britain’s gas safety authority – Gas Safe Register - has launched an interactive gas map, which identifies the most dangerous postcodes in the country. 

The data, complied by Gas Safe Register, which has inspected just under 100,000 homes in Great Britain in the last three years, found that one in six homes - the equivalent of 4.28 million households - had an unsafe gas appliance. Gas work in one in 25 homes was immediately dangerous and if left unchecked were at immediate risk of causing death or damaging people’s homes througha gas fire, explosion, leak or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning1. The map also pinpoints over 120,000 unsafe gas incidents, attended by the national gas emergency networks, including National Grid plc, Northern Gas Networks, Scotia Gas Networks and Wales & West Utilities2.

One in three gas customers in GB - around 7.69 million households - admit they’ve never had their gas appliances checked or maintained3. This is despite eight in 10 people (82%) recognising that they should do it in order to protect themselves from gas dangers4.

The data further found that gas fires are the most dangerous gas appliances in homes. One in three gas fires checked by the Register were unsafe, compared to one in 11 boilers and one in 13 cookers5. Just like boilers, gas fires and gas cookers need to be checked and maintained annually to remain safe.

The public is also being caught out by cowboy gas fitters, pretending to be registered engineers. One in 10 people admit they take it on trust that their gas engineer is legally registered and never checked if they were7. Nearly 3,000 illegal gas jobs have been investigated by Gas Safe Register since 2010, of which nearly two in three (61%) left the victims’ homes unsafe and one in five were so dangerous that the Register had to turn off the gas appliance immediately8.

With 31 people dead and 1,091 injured9 in GB from gas related incidents in the last three years due to badly installed, repaired and maintained gas appliances, Gas Safe Register is marking Gas Safety Week by encouraging people to make sure all of their gas appliances are safe to use.

Watch our video to find out more on how to use the gas map and how you can find out about the risks in your area.

Follow Gas Safe Register’s advice this Gas Safety Week:

  1. Visit to find out about the gas dangers and risks in your area
  2. Get all of the gas appliances in your home safety checked and maintained annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer – this will ensure that your appliances continue to work safely
  3. Sign up to have a gas safety check reminder sent to you annually so that you never forget to keep you and your family safe
  4. Don’t fall victim to illegal gas work - only use a Gas Safe registered engineer and ask to see their Gas Safe ID card.
  5. Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working correctly. A lazy yellow flame, black marks or stains around the appliance, or too much condensation in the room are all signs that your appliances aren’t safe.