Here we provide a range of gas safety advice and information provided by our partners in the Home Safety Scotland Forum.

SGN Carbon Monoxide Safety Advice

At SGN, our top priority is to keep everyone safe and warm in their homes all year round – making sure you know how to stay gas safe, and are aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, are some of the ways we can do that. 

It’s really important to make sure your gas appliances are checked every year by a gas safe registered engineer. This ensures everything is running safely and efficiently. If you do ever smell gas, whether that’s indoors or outdoors, call the national gas emergency service immediately on 0800 111 999.

CO is a highly poisonous gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of fossil fuels (including gas, oil, wood, petrol and coal). It can’t be seen, heard, smelt, or tasted – which is why it’s known as the ‘Silent Killer’. CO poisoning symptoms are fairly similar to flu, so make sure you know what to look out for. Symptoms include dizziness, headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness. 

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SGN: Gas Safety & Alzheimers

SGN has a long history of supporting people with dementia. Over the years, we’ve worked with Alzheimer Scotland and the Alzheimer’s Society to encourage our people to become Dementia Friends, learning about the condition in an effort to make sure they’re aware of the symptoms when working with our customers.

We’re also very proud of our locking cooker valve, a free and simple safety device that can help people with dementia retain their independence at home and provides reassurance to friends, family and carers.

When the valve is locked, the gas supply to the cooker is stopped, eliminating the risk of the cooker being unintentionally turned on or left on. It gives peace of mind to carers or relatives that the cooker can’t be used when they leave the house or the room. The carer or relative can then easily turn the valve on using the key when the cooker is required, enabling the household to continue to use their gas cooker safely.

This year, we’ve teamed up with The Guardian to publish an advert in one of their supplements on World Alzheimer’s Day.

‘Understanding Dementia’, launched on Tuesday 21 September, aims to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by providing a platform to showcase the developments in treatments and the importance of funding research, reaching key dementia audiences, friends and families, and care home managers. The goal is to work towards a cure and provide support and care for those affected, while also showcasing the support, care and products readily available.

With an audience of around half a million readers and a prime spot of the back page of the supplement, it gives us an excellent opportunity to showcase this amazing free safety device. It also includes information about the Priority Services Register as well as carbon monoxide safety.

If you know someone who could benefit from having a locking cooker valve fitted, visit to find out more and to make a referral.