08 Nov Get Commercial Gas Certificates Updated Before Christmas
It is important for businesses to keep their commercial gas safety certificates updated all year round, but if yours is due for renewal in the lead-up to Christmas, it is essential to arrange an inspection as soon as possible, so you do not miss out on business during the festive rush.
What is a commercial gas certificate?
Commercial gas certificates are required on all buildings that have a gas supply for business purposes.
They are given out following an inspection conducted by commercial gas engineers, who thoroughly check all the gas appliances on the premises.
These include boilers, ovens, hobs, gas fires, grills, radiators and so on. Flues, chimneys and gas pipes are also looked at to ensure they are working well and connections are still safe.
Engineers will be on the lookout for gas leaks and repairs, or any faults in the system, particularly the boiler.
Once everything has been approved to be safe to use, the business will be awarded a commercial gas safety certificate, which will then be valid for 12 months from the issue date.
Book before Christmas rush
However, those whose gas certificates are due to run out in November or December need to get in touch with their gas engineers as soon as possible to arrange an inspection.
While it is normally advised to book an appointment 11 months after the previous inspection, the urgency to get one in the diary is even greater in the lead-up to Christmas.
Not only are engineers trying to squeeze work in before their festive break, but this is also the busiest time of year for many customer-facing businesses.
Restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs, for instance, will be bursting at the seams by the end of November with huge groups of people out on their Christmas dos. In fact, as much as £12 billion is expected to be spent in the UK in hospitality over the festive period alone.
More than a quarter (28.7 per cent) of Brits intend to go to a pub, bar or restaurant in the six weeks leading up to December 25th, according to VoucherCodes’ Shopping for Christmas Report 2023.
This is despite the cost-of-living crisis and sharp rise in daily expenses over the last couple of years.
It is not just young professionals preparing to hit the town, as many families are opting to book somewhere for their festive meal, as opposed to cooking at home.
What’s more, the next few weeks are set to be the busiest of the year for retailers, with £20.1 billion having been spent on Christmas gifts alone last year, not including food, decorations, lights, and wrapping.
Therefore, businesses will not want to miss out on the opportunity to serve as many customers as possible over Christmas, as they could see earnings sky-rocket during the short period.
What happens if they do not have a gas safety inspection?
If businesses fail to book a gas safety inspection before their certificate runs out, they will be forced to shut.
It is a legal requirement to have a valid certificate under the Commercial Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 2018.
Therefore, failure to have one done before the 12 months has finished means your premises could put the public and members of staff at risk by remaining open and continuing to use gas appliances.
Without being thoroughly checked over, commercial businesses run the risk of having gas leaks due to problems with their boiler, pipework faults, or issues with the stove or oven.
If there is a gas leak because the appliances have not been inspected and repaired, this could result in patrons, customers and employees falling ill to carbon monoxide poisoning. This can be extremely dangerous and can even lead to fatalities.
Even in less serious cases, it can cause headaches, dizziness, confusion, and shortness of breath, and could result in the business being shut down for good.
Not only would companies want to avoid this situation at all costs, as it could mean an end to their enterprise for good, but they would also have to live with the responsibility of having harmed people.
There does not have to be a carbon monoxide leak to cause the business serious reputational and financial damage, however, as not having a valid commercial gas safety certificate alone can result in them having to pay hefty penalties.
This, in addition to being forced to close over the Christmas period while they wait for an inspection, could financially cripple many enterprises.