To kick off Gas Safety Week, the winner of the Gas Safety jingle competition has been announced. James Elmy, AKA @the24hrplumber, from Beckenham in Kent, won the competition organised by Installers First.
Installers First, sponsored by Sentinel Performance Solutions, went on the hunt to find someone to create an unforgettable tune that would stick in the mind.
James’s ukulele-accompanied ditty summed up the safety message perfectly in a neat, three-verse rhyme that reminds people to ‘Make sure that you check the card/ I’m sure that it’s not very hard to do’.
James said: “I am over the moon to have won and hope my jingle will help people all over the UK to remember to put gas safety first by getting a regular boiler check, and to only employ reputable tradespeople who are Gas Safe registered.”
He wins a Baxi EcoBlue+ Combi boiler and Sentinel gift box, and may have his jingle produced for use by Installers First to continue to promote the messages throughout Gas Safety Week (18-24 September 2017) and beyond.
Installers First judges and gas engineer Mark Grieve of Plymouth Gas said: “Gas engineers are the undisputed and proven link between the public, governing bodies and the industry and are the best placed to ensure that public awareness is achieved. The #IFGSJingle competition was a creative way for passionate gas engineers and the public to raise awareness.
“Gas is the forgotten dangerous substance in a property, which has the potential to cause serious damage and kill, in an instant. This is one of the reasons why we should all be aware of the dangers and risk involved, in allowing somebody who is not trained, qualified, registered or insured, to work on any gas installation.
“It was great to see so many installers and members of the public getting behind this latest campaign and we hope it will stick in the minds of homeowners and make them think seriously about getting appliances serviced and checking for Gas Safe ID cards.”
Callum Mckinley, a heating engineer from Bathgate in Scotland, came a close second with his ‘Regard the Card’ song, followed by Hayley Smart, from St Albans who stressed the need to keep the cowboys at bay.