When having a gas cooker installed there are specific gas cooker regulations that apply to ensure safe and correct use and maintenance. These regulations have been put in place and must be followed by law.

Any gas cookers should only be installed by a Gas Safe registered engineer who is competent and qualified. Anyone who is not Gas Safe registered and fits your appliance is carrying out  illegal work.

All freestanding cookers with a high level grill require a minimum of 610mm clearance above the grill. A minimum of 20mm is required either side of the appliance. When a gas cooker installer is fitting your new cooker they will ensure the appropriate space is available. If you have any queries about your appliance you should always refer to the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

When it comes to hobs a minimum of 750mm clearance is required above a gas hob to a cooker hood. The gap may be reduced to 727mm above a gas hob on the condition that the hood is cleaned regularly to prevent fire hazards. Any wall units that are either side of the hood must be at least 366mm above. A minimum of 300mm clearance is required either side of the hob if installing next to flammable material.

Due to new regulations any appliance installed must contain a Flame Supervision Device. A Flame Supervision Device is part of the gas burner system. The device detects if the flame is extinguished and cuts off the gas supply. This affects flats and multi-dwelling buildings which include dual purpose properties i.e. flats above shops. It does not include detached, semi-detached or terraced houses.

Most cookers come with flame supervision devices. In order to check if a cooker has a Flame Supervision Device before purchasing it, you should check on the device list. However, stand alone gas-only cookers have not enabled this at all. This is because many stand alone cookers have no electric supply.