Milton Keynes is the most dangerous place in the south east of England for unsafe gas appliances.
That is according to figures released by Gas Safe Register which has inspected more than 16,000 homes across the south east in the last year.
It also claims Milton Keynes is ninth in the 10 most dangerous cities in Great Britain in terms of the percentage of households found to have an unsafe gas appliance, with Birmingham topping the table.
Gas Safe Register figures show that 24 per cent of homes in Milton Keynes have an unsafe gas appliance and that appliances in six per cent of homes in the city were immediately dangerous, and if left unchecked, were at risk of causing a gas fire, explosion, leak or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Russell Kramer, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said: “Gas safety is a life or death matter and something that shouldn’t be ignored.
“People are aware of the potential risks of unsafe gas work and they know what they should be doing to keep themselves safe, but as our research has found, not everyone is acting on that information.
“This is why we have launched the gas map. It is the first time that data on unsafe gas appliances and illegal gas work has been compared across postcodes in Great Britain.
“We want people to realise that gas safety is something that they should take seriously and by bringing it to their doorstep it makes it harder to ignore.”