Wakefield Council helps local businesses with gas safety checks

Date: 27/05/2014
PR 4557

Wakefield Council is to help local businesses improve and maintain their gas safety checks.

As a part of a regional campaign carried out by environmental health teams, the Council will be providing food business operators with advice on:

  • ensuring a good maintenance programme
  • spotting defects
  • complying with legal requirements.

Gas safety campaigns in North Yorkshire and other parts of the country have found significant problems in takeaways and restaurants. If gas appliances, such as ovens, cookers and boilers, are not properly installed and maintained, there is a danger of fire, explosion, gas leaks and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, which can result in serious injury or even death. Business operators who fail to heed the advice and put staff and customers at risk will face appropriate action.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, Councillor Maureen Cummings, said: "Our role as a Council is to support businesses and ensure they are operating safely. We do this by offering advice and support, but where this approach is not effective or breaches of legislation are serious, we will not hesitate to take enforcement action." 

Food businessnes who would like advice on matters relating to gas safety should contact the Business Compliance Team via the contact centre on 0845 8 506 506. 

Anybody who smells gas or think they have a gas leak should call the free Gas Emergency Services emergency line immediately on 0800 111 999.