Gas leaks in your home can be very dangerous, so you should not underestimate the threat. There are several steps that you must take immediately if you suspect there is a natural gas leak in your home.
The reason why natural gas is commonly used is that it is very flammable. Small amounts of natural gas can produce large amounts of heat. However, for the same reason, natural gas leaks can easily turn into fire or explosion.
What To Do If There Is A Natural Gas Leak In Your Home
If you suspect a gas leak in your home, stop whatever you’re doing and get out of your house.
- Turn any electric switch over
- Unplug anything
- Use the telephone
Inhaling high concentrations of natural gas can cause asphyxia, symptoms include fatigue and chest pain. Asphyxia occurs when your body lacks oxygen, and the more carbon monoxide in the air, the less oxygen you can breathe, which can potentially kill you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 500 people in Australia die from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning every year.
What To Do If You Can’t Smell Gas
A cold or stuffy nose can prevent you from smelling gas when it leaks into your home. And the possibility of having a dangerous gas level in your home is actually quite high.
If you have a gas stove in your home, there are around 5-15 parts per million of natural gas in the air of your home. If it reaches 30 parts per million, it can be very dangerous, and that can happen with just a faulty stove.
Natural gas detectors or carbon monoxide detectors can remind you if the levels of natural gas in your home air have reached dangerous levels. You must always install these detectors in your home, and you must ensure that they function and that their batteries are always charged.
What To Do When You Smell Gas Leaks
If you smell gas, don’t ignore it! Contact your gas company or 911 for assistance.
- If you smell a leak near an appliance, it could be that the pilot light is off or the burner valve is slightly open. If you can find and fix a problem, it might be resolved.
- If you smell gas inside, immediately contact your local gas company. If it smells strong, or if you are unsure of your safety, leave your home and contact the company. As you wait for the gas company to arrive, take these steps:
- Keep everyone from the area where the aroma is.
- Don’t smoke or light a cigarette.
- Don’t light a candle.
- Don’t turn any electric switch.
- Don’t use a telephone.
- Don’t use the doorbell.
- Do not adjust the thermostat or other tool controls.
- Extinguish all open fires.
- If you smell gas outside the room, report it immediately. Don’t try to find the source yourself. Do not position or operate any vehicle near the gas source.
If you hear the gas coming out, follow these steps:
- Contact your local gas company immediately from a neighbor’s cellphone.
- Don’t go back into your house until the gas company tells you it’s safe.
- Keep other people out of the area.
Gas suppliers and local plumbing services such as SPS Plumbers, Hills District will provide 24/7 emergency services and they will immediately respond to all your concerns. They will not charge fees for gas leak assistance.