The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has launched an online survey to find out how important registered plumbing and heating professionals are to members of the public.

"Sometimes we see stories in the news about cowboy gas installers or dodgy plumbers who have endangered lives, causing carbon monoxide poisoning, causing boilers to fail and all kinds of scalding tragedies," said a CIPHE spokesman. "We use these stories to highlight the need for fully qualified professionals like the plumbers and heating engineers on our Register. But if everyone was using properly trained professionals these sad stories would be few and far between and the UK would be a much safer place to live."

Members of the public can find the survey at CIPHE's homepage –, and CIPHE is asking all its members to post a link to the survey from their websites, twitter or facebook accounts to help spread the word.