Labour MP and gas safety campaigner George Howarth has tabled an early day motion (EDM) calling on landlords and social housing providers to use the latest in modern technology to improve gas safety in homes across the UK.
The MP for Knowsley gave specific praise to Gas Tag Ltd, and urged landlords to support the “life-saving initiative”, which allows engineers to sign-in by touching their mobile against a special tag when they visit a registered property, providing the landlord with geo-tagged, time-stamped and photo-verified evidence of all work carried out.
The new technology is the first real-time system to monitor gas safety in homes and means landlords can access real-time KPI-driven monitoring to ensure their tenants are safe.
The full EDM states: "This House welcomes and recognises the efforts of Liverpool-based company Gas Tag Ltd which seeks to improve gas safety in residential properties across the UK; notes that landlords, alongside social housing associations, are being asked to support this life saving initiative; commends Gas Tag Ltd for its work to improve the safety and wellbeing of tenants; and calls on organisations from both the private and public sectors involved in the procurement of such safety systems to use their best endeavors to ensure that these safety systems are sourced from UK businesses such as Gas Tag Ltd."
The support from the MP comes as new research by the Gas Safe Register has revealed that almost five million people across the UK are putting themselves at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions by employing illegal gas engineers who aren’t properly qualified.
The innovative technology has also drawn praise from the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) Barry Sheerman MP, who said: “This is the most significant quantum leap in domestic gas safety compliance in 20 years. It is refreshing to see a start-up begin with a clean slate and use the latest technologies to deliver a product that could help protect hundreds of thousands of families across the UK and ensure competent gas safe registered engineers undertake the work in customers’ homes.”
Paul Durose, co-founder and CEO of Gas Tag Ltd, commented: “We set out in 2014 with a single minded goal to save people from the dangers of rogue gas fitters and revolutionise the industry. This latest research reveals just how important gas safety is.
“We are pleased that our work has been recognised by George Howarth and a number of cross-party MPs who appreciate our determination to improve gas safety in homes across the UK.”