Safety first as council maintains gas checks in the borough

SAFETY at home remains a top priority in Barrow as the borough council’s housing department continues to provide gas checks in line with government regulations. The checks are being undertaken to ensure gas central heating systems and other appliances in properties pose no danger to residents. Residents are being assured that no visits to properties will take place if householders have any symptoms of Covid-19 or are self-isolating or shielding.

Councillor Kevin Hamilton, Barrow Borough Council spokesperson for housing, said: “The government is clear that ensuring properties are gas safe remains a priority and we must continue to carry out visits where possible. “Therefore, in order to comply with the law, we have to continue to write to residents offering a gas safety check where these are due. “We want to reassure residents that our teams are taking every precaution available to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and that we will maintain social distancing guidelines during any visit. “The team are also checking that no member of the household has had any symptoms of coronavirus or is in isolation before each and every visit. “Anyone who needs to rearrange their gas safety check should call us to do so.” Residents in properties due for an annual gas safety check will receive a letter advising them of the situation. They will be contacted by Barrow Borough Council before the visit takes place to confirm no-one in the property has any symptoms of coronavirus and to ascertain whether or not the household is self-isolating. Councillor Hamilton added: “We have a duty to fulfil our obligations as a landlord under government legislation. “Annual gas safety checks play a crucial role in keeping residents and their families safe from harm. “We therefore must continue to offer and carry out inspections where it is safe to do so.”