Thousands of Londoners are in danger every day because of ‘cowboy’ plumbers not fitting their boilers properly.
The warning from Gas Safety says that 79% of boilers installed by these companies are at risk or immediately dangerous.
The Gas Safety Register has advised customers to only use qualified fitters and avoid those trading illegally.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the main complications with badly fitted boilers. Last year alone there were 50 deaths and 4,000 hospitalisations due to monoxide inhalation.
Statistics from the Gas Safety Register (GSR) say there are around 7,500 cowboy boiler fitters, who install 250,000 fittings a year. And the report states London is in more danger than anywhere else in the UK.
Ross McTaggart, GSR’s head of field operations, said: “We need to stop these people and the only way to do it is with the help of the consumer.
“These traders are putting people’s lives in danger. The primary issue arising from illegal fittings is carbon monoxide poisoning but a boiler installed illegally can also cause explosions or fires. We need to raise awareness of this and urge people to make sure they check a fitter’s credentials.”
Homeowners who want new boiler installations are being advised to check for ID before any work takes place and report all rogue traders they come across.
Marcia Morgan from West Dulwich had a major gas leak in 2008 after the wrong boiler was installed by a rogue not registered with Gas Safety.
She said she was horrified when her boiler was checked and the engineer immediately switched it off, saying it could have blown off the side of her house.
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