New research from British Gas Business shows that while the majority of Britain’s small to medium-sized (SME) businesses know their responsibilities for gas safety, 18% don’t have a carbon monoxide alarm.
Furthermore, around a fifth (21%) of small businesses surveyed were not aware that by failing to have an annual gas safety check carried out they could be invalidating their insurance.
The survey of more than 500 SME owners and senior managers with responsibility for energy was commissioned by British Gas Business to coincide with Gas Safety Week (19-25 September).
The results also showed that more than three-quarters (77%) were aware that gas appliances need to be checked on an annual basis. In fact, 82% had a Gas Safe registered engineer visit their workplace to carry out gas safety checks in the last year.
In addition, almost four in five (79%) said that not taking annual gas safety checks could put lives at risk, with only 3% stating there would be no health risks.
British Gas Business services gas appliances and systems for more than 20,000 SMEs across Britain. By backing the national safety campaign again this year, the company hopes to highlight the serious risks to small businesses, their employees and customers.
Employers have a legal requirement to ensure their gas appliances, gas pipework and flues are maintained in a safe condition. Landlords must also complete annual gas safety checks.