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Hackney Council and Hackney Homes say take care, be Gas Safe

As Gas Safety Week approaches, Hackney Council and Hackney Homes are urging residents to be Gas Safe.

Gas Safety Week - which takes place between 12 and 18 September - is run by Gas Safe Register, the only official register of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on your gas appliances.

The aim of the week is to increase knowledge of gas safety and to highlight the importance of taking care of your gas appliances as, if badly fitted or poorly serviced, they can cause fires, leaks, explosions, and carbon monoxide poisoning.

To help raise local awareness, between 12 and 18 September residents will be able to pick up useful information on gas safety from Hackney Service Centre, Hillman Street, E8. Hackney Homes will also be giving out free information at their Neighbourhood Offices.

Councillor Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, says: "We are committed to helping residents make good consumer choices to protect their homes and their health. That s why we are supporting Gas Safety Week, and we urge residents to increase their awareness by picking up the free advice available."

Hackney Homes’ Head of Building Maintenance, Jim Paterson says “We take the safety of our residents very seriously and support Gas Safety Week, encouraging residents to be aware of the importance of regular service checks. Hackney Homes is one of a handful of authorities installing CO detectors in our properties and we have installed around 20,000 to date."

If you are unable to visit the Service Centre or your Neighbourhood Office, click on www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call the free Gas Safety helpline on 0800 408 5500 for more information.

For more information about the annual gas safety checks carried out by Hackney Homes, contact the Repairs Centre on 020 8356 3691.