Unsafe gas DIY has resulted in more emergency engineer callouts during the social distancing period, according to a survey by the Gas Safe Register.
New data revealed over half of the nation is turning to DIY and home improvements during the current lockdown to keep busy. But many admitted to lacking both confidence and the necessary experience when it comes to carrying out home improvement jobs.
The survey of over 2,000 British householders for the Gas Safe Register highlighted that almost one in five were embarking on jobs that could have a gas safety impact.
Over a third, 35%, said they would not consider hiring a tradesperson in the current climate though and only 40% would seek the help of a registered gas engineer even if faced with major warning signs of a gas-related emergency.
Gas Safe Register’s research also shows a significant proportion of would-be DIYers are turning to YouTube and Google searches as their first port of call for guidance when attempting some of the more hazardous tasks, rather than seeking the help of qualified experts. These tasks include fitting a gas cooktop, for 75%, installing a gas fireplace, 67%, fitting or fixing a gas oven, 64%, and installing a gas boiler, 61%.
Bob Kerr, gas services director for the Gas Safe Register, said: “As we continue to spend more time at home, it’s the perfect opportunity to tackle some of those little jobs you may have been putting off. However, these new figures show a worrying number of people planning to take on gas work that could result in potentially deadly incidents.”