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Increase in “dangerous” DIY could spell tragedy warns new gas safety body

The credit crunch could result in an increase in fatalities linked to unsafe gas and electrical installations, with over 4 in 10 people (41.4%) admitting they are more likely to tinker with their electrics or fit a new gas appliance in the current economic climate. Only 15% of respondents said they would always use a professional tradesman.

The research, carried out for Gas Safe RegisterTM, which on April 1 replaces the CORGI gas registration scheme as Great Britain’s gas safety body, highlighted a worrying discrepancy between people’s perception of danger and their willingness to risk their family’s safety.

While 82% of those questioned considered it dangerous to fit a gas fire themselves, 1 in 10 were still prepared to do so.

Incorrectly fitted, badly repaired or poorly maintained gas appliances are a major cause of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning....

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