The British public is wasting £100million a year to rectify illegal gas jobs that put their homes and families in immediate danger.
These illegal gas jobs cost an extra 25% on average to rectify and they are often carried out by tradesmen who are recommended by friends or family, but are not qualified to work safely with gas.
How do you spot an unqualified gas fitter?
Gas Safe Register has developed an accurate profile of those most likely to be involved in illegal gas work.
More than half (57%) are sole traders and a third (33%) work in companies employing fewer than four people.
As well as carrying out gas work, many also undertake plumbing jobs (90%), bathroom fitting (81%), kitchen fitting (67%), general building (43%) and electrical work(43%).
Gas Safe Register believes a higher percentage of illegal gas fitters advertise their services online and in local papers as few if any checks for registration are carried out. In contrast, directories such as Yellow Pages and Thompson Local check for registration, so few illegal gas workers advertise their services as for example, ‘gas fitters.’