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Not to 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 Safe registered 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 to receive.

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 advise:

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.

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