Newham Council wins national award for gas safety

16 May 2014 in Community safety and Council and democracy
Newham Council has been recognised nationally for its commitment to gas safety and ensuring tenants are protected in their own homes.
The council won the Safety Initiative of the Year category at the 2014 Heating & Ventilation News Awards. Judges were impressed with the number and scope of activities the council has introduced to ensure the safety of residents. The council beat rival entries from the Gas Advisory Services, Toshiba and the Gas Safe Register.

The award was given for a number of gas safety initiatives which aim to reduce poisonous carbon monoxide emissions, improve the safety of gas installations and lower costs for tenants.

The council has installed carbon monoxide alarms in all properties and smoke alarms have been replaced with newer, more accurate models. Gas excess flow valves have been introduced which offer additional protection in case of accidental damage and theft of pipes. Scale reducers and system filters on all installations have also been fitted. This has helped to improve reliability for tenants and cut down on long-term maintenance costs for the council.

A council spokesperson said: “Gas safety throughout our housing stock is a priority and it is excellent to see the council’s commitment recognised nationally. The gas safety initiatives which have been introduced will help keep our residents safe and also have environmental benefits. We will continue to look at ways in which we can improve the gas safety service we offer to tenants to ensure they feel safe in their homes.”

Newham Council was also a runner-up in the award for Service and Maintenance Initiative of the Year.