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Get boilers properly installed, home owners reminded

25 February 2014

The prosecution of a local plumbing firm has highlighted the need for heating boiler installations to meet the health and safety standards set out in Jersey's building bye-laws.

Plumbing firm Kanetech Ltd was fined £9,000 in the Magistrate’s Court on 18 February 2014 for breaching building bye-law requirements relating to the installation of domestic heating boilers: Kanetech Ltd installed 16 boilers without building permission.

Householders are being reminded that their safety is being put at risk if their oil or gas fired central heating boilers is not properly installed. To safeguard against this, householders should ask for a certificate of compliance at the time that their boiler is installed confirming that it meets safety standards.

Certificate of compliance

Director of Building Control at the Department of the Environment, Mo Roscouet, said “We are reminding any person who is having an oil or gas boiler fitted of the importance of receiving a certificate of compliance. An incorrectly installed boiler can result in the release of poisonous carbon monoxide gas and increased fire safety risks.”

A certificate can be obtained from the Department of the Environment in cases where a building application has been submitted, or from the installer’s registration body, where the work has been undertaken by a registered competent person*.

Anyone who has recently had an oil storage tank or new oil or gas fired boiler installed in their home and has not received a certificate of compliance, or who would like further advice should, contact the building control team on +44(0)1534 448407.

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