Flame safety in flats

Since the 1st January 2008 all gas-cooking appliances for use in flats, and other multi-dwelling buildings, cannot be installed unless they contain Flame Supervision Devices.

This includes buildings that have a number of individual dwellings for domestic purposes only, together with dual-purpose properties such as flats above shops and offices. It does not include properties that are for commercial use only or detached, semi-detached, terraced houses and houses with loft conversions.

What is a Flame Supervision Device?

A flame supervision device is part of the gas burner system - it detects if the flame is extinguished and cuts off the gas supply. We call it a Flame Failure Device.

What happens if a Gas Safe registered engineer identifies a gas-cooking appliance installed in a flat or multi-dwelling building without a suitable flame supervision device that was installed prior to 1st January 2008?

The engineer will classify the appliance as Not To Current Standards (NCS). This does not mean that the product needs to be changed immediately but is to advise the consumer that when they come to change their appliance they need to buy a model with a Flame Supervision Device.

Does this apply to dual fuel models?

Yes, it applies to anything that has a gas hob or oven.

Does this apply to built-in gas ovens?

Yes, they are already FSD compliant in line with existing standards.

More information

  • Please check in the features of any of our gas cookers or Hobs to see if they contain a Flame Failure Device.
  • To comply with the regulations, our installation engineers will not be able to install an appliance without a Flame Failure Device into any flat or any multi-dwelling building.
  • Flame Safety Devices in flats are government legislation, and is therefore the customer responsibility.
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