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Poorly maintained gas appliances ‘pose risk to commercial kitchens’

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Specialist equipment manufacturer Mechline Developments has joined forces with catering spare parts supplier First Choice to support the 10th Gas Safety Week, which officially kicks off today.

Gas Safety Week provides a platform for organisations across the UK to work together to raise awareness of gas safety, and together the pair want to remind the foodservice industry of the dangers of poor quality and poorly maintained gas appliances and gas hoses, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

It is imperative that foodservice operators make sure that their gas appliances are safety checked every year and serviced regularly by somebody who is Gas Safe Registered.

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Poor quality gas hoses can be just as dangerous as poorly maintained ones, according to Mechline, which recommends Dormont gas hoses as it is the only commercial gas hose to carry the BSI Kitemark, a symbol of continuous quality and safety.

Nick Falco, product and technical director at Mechline, said: “We carry out all the assembly of Dormont gas connectors at our factory to ensure the highest performance and safety standards to suit the UK’s specific market and technical products.

“Furthermore Dormont gas hoses have retained the prestigious BSI Kitemark for over 22 years – testament to our rigorous audit testing process, where every hose and quick-disconnect coupling is tested to the high specification set out by BSI, rather than just one sample complying on one original test date.”

First Choice runs a specialist training division, First Choice Training, which delivers professional training courses and assessments under the Nationally Accredited Certification Scheme for Gas Fitting Operatives (ACS), certificates of which are accepted by Gas Safe Register.

The ACS ensures that individuals are assessed against a set of national criteria based on current standards, best working practice and technology.

Julian Fisher, marketing and development manager at First Choice, said: “We are focused on the development of Gas Safe training courses that enhance gas safety in the workplace – and Mechline’s Dormont gas hoses are widely regarded as the safest, strongest and most trusted gas hoses, and are a popular choice among engineers as their quality withstands the stresses of a commercial kitchen.”

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