Current Standard - Faults
These “safe” faults cover a
wide range, from safe, to bordering on “AT RISK”
Here is a statement by
CORGI, explaining not to current standard faults,
“I must advise you
that your gas appliance is not installed in accordance with current
installation practise. It is safe, but you should take advice on
whether the installation should be brought into line with current
standards. If the installation has been carried out recently, you
should contact the original installer for advice. If the installation
is not recent the problem may have been brought about by the
introduction of revised installation standards. Your CORGI/Gas
installer can advise you on whether the installation should be brought
into line with current installation standards”.
Basically what this means
is, technically it is safe, and it is up to us to advise you. We would
never advise anyone not to bring their installation or appliance up to
current standards, from both liability and business perspectives it would not
make sense. We do however like to offer consideration of the benefits
versus costs, to improve an already “safe” situation.
Here are some examples to
illustrate types of common faults we find, and the advice you could expect
The gas pipework is
undersized but adequate – this is a very common fault. We may advise
should you be upgrading or replacing any gas appliances, the pipework is
upgraded at the same time.
A freestanding cooker not
fitted with a stability chain – to stop them being tipped over. Because
this has not yet happened does not mean a child will not attempt to climb
on to the cooker at some point, and tip it. We therefore advise having a
stability chain fitted. It is relatively easy and inexpensive to do.
Gas pipework not properly
supported – as this fault can lead to gas leaks we always recommend
improvement. Again this is relatively easy and inexpensive.
An open flued (chimney) gas
fire installed in a bedroom in 1995 with no oxygen depletion sensor (ODS)
– since 1996 (and if converted into a bedroom since 1998) this type of gas
fire installed in a bedroom is classed as “AT RISK” but if installed
before this time it is “not to current standard”. This was due to an
improvement to the regulations which was not applied retrospectively, so
we have this anomalous “safe” situation. Due to the risk involved we may
A – If the fire can be
fitted with an ODS then we recommend this;
B – If not, is there another source of heating available in
the bedroom, e.g. a radiator or similar? If so decommission the fire and
cap the gas pipe; or
C – If neither A or B
are possible, ensure the fire is serviced at least yearly and a good
quality mains powered carbon monoxide detector is fitted to the room.
Hopefully from these
examples you can see that “safe” can sometimes be misleading, especially
where the potential is there for a situation to become unsafe. However
the line has to be drawn somewhere. It would not be practical for
everyone in the UK to scrap appliances, fit new gas pipework, or 101
other remedies, every time the standards are improved.