What to Do When You Have a Gas Leak
In June 2012, an explosion ripped through the streets of Greater Manchester in England. A short time after it was confirmed that the explosion was the result of a gas leak and in the process killed a 2 year old boy and destroyed 4 houses. Since then the individual responsible for the blast has now been charged with manslaughter. As you can see gas leaks can have very serious implications. If you ever smell gas, take action immediately – don’t assume somebody else will, these tips will help you out.
1- Gas is very dangerous and causes explosions. Never smoke or use a naked flame if you can smell gas.
2- It’s not just you that could be affected by an explosion. Tell all your neighbors and any local businesses that there is a gas leak.
3- Phone the emergency services, they will be able to offer advice on how to deal with the gas leak quickly and correctly.
4- Gas is even more dangerous if you allow it to build up in a certain area. Therefore, it is recommended that you open all your windows and doors to let the gas escape from the building.
5- Inform your utilities provider about the gas leak. They will be able to switch off your gas supply to stop the gas from leaking further.
6- If the gas leak is coming from an appliance, switch it off as the gas will still be leaking until you do so. Get a gas safe registered engineer to inspect it before attempting to use it again.
7- Give the emergency services as much detail as possible. This will allow them to assess the situation and get the correct people there.
8- Some people may not be able to smell the gas. Therefore, it is advisable to conduct a head count to ensure that everyone has evacuated the building.
9- Familiarize yourself with the mains for your gas supply. If you do manage to have a gas leak you will be able to switch off the gas yourself.
10- If anyone feels faint or dizzy seek medical attention straight away. Carbon monoxide poisoning is another possible result of a gas leak. It is vital to spot this early as it can save lives.
11- Always keep a gas shut off tool in your home, in some areas, it is a requirement for homes to have one. They can be purchased individually, but they also come in emergency kits.
Preventing disasters is important when you have a gas leak. Keep these 10 points in mind and next time you smell gas you could save lives.
Both small and big buildings can benefit from this advice.
The Emergency Services can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
This article was written by Brian Madden; Online Marketing Assistant at Crown Utilities