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Second-hand gas cooking appliances must be safe when supplied and a competent person must confirm this
This guidance is for England, Scotland & Wales
Under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 it is an offence to supply (and this includes hiring out) a used gas cooking appliance unless it complies with certain safety requirements. For example, the gas carrying component must prevent leaks of gas, the gas shut-off devices must work properly and safely and surface temperatures must not be too high.
Only someone who is Gas Safe-registered can install a gas appliance.
What is a gas cooking appliance?
A gas cooking appliance is any equipment designed, or suitable, for domestic use in the home (including a ship or caravan) and is designed for cooking by the burning of gas, including LPG (liquefied petroleum gas).
Equipment is covered by the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 even if it has additional functions. It is covered no matter where it is designed to be used:
Second-hand equipment designed to be used outdoors or in a tent is also covered by these Regulations.
What are the safety requirements?
The main safety requirements for a gas appliance when in normal use are as follows:
How do I know whether the cooker meets the safety requirements?
Cookers that state that they comply with British Standard BS EN 30: Domestic cooking appliances burning gas, or bear the CE mark, will probably have complied when they were manufactured. However, that does not guarantee that they will comply after they have been used. Therefore, it will be necessary for a skilled and competent person (see below) to examine the appliance to ensure that it complies with the safety requirements.
Who can install an appliance?
Only someone who is competent to do so under the terms of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998; in other words, a person registered by Gas Safe.
Failing to comply with the above requirements is an offence. The maximum penalty is a fine and two years' imprisonment, although landlords supplying gas appliances may also be subject to other sanctions under the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The court may also forfeit any or all of your unsafe goods.
In addition, where a product causes personal injury or property damage, the supplier could be liable to pay substantial damages.
Last reviewed / updated: September 2017
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