What To Do When You Smell Gas
So, If You Smell Natural Gas, What Should You Do?
Each year in Tuckahoe, NY, homes are damaged and people seriously injured as a result of a gas fire or gas explosion. Often, the resulting structural damage requires the services of a professional fire restoration company. Many of these disasters could have been avoided had quick action been taken.
1. Avoid Flame
This may seem obvious, but it's important to avoid flame until you know what's going on. Never use a match to light a candle or smoke a cigarette!
2. Avoid Making a Spark
If you smell gas, lights should stay off to avoid a spark that might cause a gas fire or explosion. Always have a flashlight on hand and within easy reach. Also, avoid operating any motorized equipment that might result in a spark.
3. Look for the Source
If you have a gas stove, look to see if someone has left one of the burners or the oven on without the flame being lit. If it's not the stove, listen for a hissing noise along the gas lines. Check behind any gas appliances such as dryers or water heaters.
3. Create Ventilation
If the windows are closed in your house, open as many as you can immediately. Open all the doors as well. This will help dissipate any gas trapped in the house and get it outside.
4. Locate the Gas Meter
It's important to know the location of your gas meter so that you can act in the event of a gas leak. If you're smelling gas, get a wrench and turn the valve on the meter from on to off.
5. Leave the House
If you haven't identified the leak and stopped it, and are smelling gas or hearing a hissing noise, get out of the house immediately and get to a safe location, such as across the street. Then call the gas company or 911.
It's important to act quickly if you smell a leak. By taking the steps outlined above, you can easily avoid a gas fire or explosion.