Safety stickers used as part of gas backlog drive
Posted by Jason Nicholls.
Safety stickers have been used as part of a gas appliance awareness drive in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
According to hemeltoday.co.uk, Dacorum Borough Council have placed safety stickers over residents' keyholes and officials are visiting houses to remind people about the importance of regular gas device checks.
The move comes after the build up of a serious backlog of properties that haven't undergone an annual safety check.
Some 204 properties were not checked in April of this year, although this dropped to 61 in June. Officials aim to check 99.5 per cent of homes.
It is believed the backlog has been created after a policy of forcing entry to properties was discarded in 2007. Consequently many properties were not checked for over two years.
The news provider reported that research submitted to the cabinet council said: "The situation is unacceptable and exposes the council and its residents to a potential risk from carbon monoxide poisoning or gas explosion."
Last month safety stickers were used in Dumbarton to raise awareness over cold calling.
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