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How to avoid cowboy traders and dodgy boilers

Around 250,000 illegal gas jobs conducted annually

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The Gas Safe Register has launched an interactive map of Great Britain that identifies the most dangerous postcodes, based on unsafe gas appliances, cowboy traders and reported incidents.

Today is the last day of Gas Safety Week, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of using an unregistered gas fitter and to encourage everyone to check their gas appliances regularly.

Badly fitted or poorly maintained gas appliances can put you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks and fires.

The new interactive map from the Gas Safe Register allows you to search for your postcode and discover the number of unsafe appliances found in your area, as well as the number of unregistered gas fitters and gas emergencies reported.

If you need a new boiler, make sure you read our boiler reviews before you decide on a model, to make sure you choose a reliable boiler that won’t break down and cost you a fortune. 

Always check the Gas Safe Register

Any new gas boiler needs to be fitted by a competent person, in accordance with the Building Regulations and Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations.

If you are planning to have a gas appliance installed, or have an existing appliance serviced, always check the Gas Safe Register. If the gas fitter is registered, they should be able to provide you with their ID card number. Avoid any unregistered fitters, as their work may put your home and family at risk.

Find a trader with Which? Local

Which? Local has thousands of reviews for businesses throughout the UK, provided by Which? members and checked by our team.

When looking for a gas fitter, use Which? Local to find recommendations about traders in your area. Look for the Gas Safety Register logo and check the credentials of any trader before they start work in your home.

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