Bord Gáis Networks recently launched a public awareness campaign throughout the country aimed at highlighting the serious safety issues posed by the rise of natural gas meter tampering in Ireland.
Bord Gáis encouraged members of the public to confidentially report suspected or known cases of tampering to the grid operator on 1850 200 694. It is an issue that they have been pro active in trying to tackle.
The campaign has been supported by print and outdoor advertising, a national radio campaign, a leaflet drop directly to homes and an online ‘frequently asked questions’, the campaign delivers hard-hitting messages on the dangers of gas meter tampering; the risk of prosecution if convicted; and details on how to confidentially report known or suspected cases of tampering, the dangers of which were also highlighted on RTÉ’s Crimecall.
There has been a steady rise in the number of meter tampering incidents throughout the country. The national grid operator has detected in excess of 500 cases since September 2013.There has been a positive response from the general public and the company acknowledges and is grateful for the increased numbers of tip-offs it has received from concerned members of the public and is keen for this to continue.
Owen Wilson, Head of Safety with Bord Gáis Networks said “Tampering with a gas meter is a serious public safety concern. By tampering with a meter, people are not just putting their own safety at risk, but the safety of their families, neighbours and the general public. The consequences could be costly or even fatal. By law, only Bord Gáis Networks representatives are authorised to work on natural gas meters and it is illegal to ask, pay or allow someone else to tamper with your meter.”
Photo: (L-R) Owen Wilson, Head of Safety, Linda O’Brien, Campaign Manager (kneeling), Gerry Coveney, Networks Specialist (kneeling) and Con O’Donnell, Revenue Protection Manager.