The prosecution of a local plumbing firm has highlighted the need for heating boiler installations to meet important health and safety standards set out within the Jersey building-bye laws.
Plumbing firm Kanetech Ltd was fined a total of £9000 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 oil or gas fired central heating boilers are not properly installed. To safeguard against this, householders should request a certificate of compliance is provided at the completion of the work that confirms the installation meets the safety standards set by the building bye-laws. 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*.
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.”
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 448407.