Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the Cadent Gas initiative to enhance gas cooker safety for vulnerable householders. Cadent Gas is offering to fit a free lockable safety device (locking cooker valve) to the pipework of a gas cooker or hob – this service is free of charge and is installed by a competent Cadent Gas engineer. This simple safety device will help a person living in a vulnerable situation retain their independence, and provide reassurance to family, friends and carers.
Find out more about the free fitting of locking cooker valves for vulnerable people
Annual gas appliance checks
We rely on our gas boilers, cookers and fires to keep warm, have hot baths and showers and cook hot meals. But with 21 deaths and over 800 gas-related injuries in the last three years, it’s crucial that you get your appliances checked every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer to be assured they are working safely and efficiently, and to protect against the dangers of unsafe gas appliances, such as fires, leaks, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Warning signs that gas appliances are not working properly, include: lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
Gas safe registered engineers
To get your gas appliances safety checked each year, please contact a Gas Safe registered engineer in your area:
Find a Gas Safe registered engineer (opens in new window) or call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500
Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions. Recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning - headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.
Find out more about carbon monoxide poisoning
How fire-safe is your home?
Complete our online home safety check and you will get a personalised fire safety plan, which will offer advice on how to prevent fires in your home.
Do the online fire safety check
Book a safe and well visit
If you are over 65 years of age and you live in Cheshire, you can arrange for a Firefighter or a Community Safety Advocate to visit your home for a free safety visit.
During the safety visit advice will be given on how to make your home safer, what to do in the event of a fire and what to do if you are trapped by a fire. Free smoke alarms will also be fitted (if needed) with an explanation on how to maintain them correctly. During the visit, advice will be offered on reducing slips, trips and falls. Bowel cancer screening and heart checks are also offered. Support is also offered to those who wish to stop smoking, taking drugs or reduce their alcohol consumption.
Book a 'safe and well visit' for over 65’s