With the current events happening in the news this pass week, it has come to our attention to inform you how to detect and prevent a gas leak in your household. This knowledge is necessary on how to care for one in case of an emergency or stop one from occurring.
- The most common way of detecting that there is a gas leak in your home is a smell of rotten eggs. The leak will also give a hissing or blowing sound.
- If you believe that there is a gas leak in your house, react quickly! First, leave your home immediately, making sure not to use any electrical devices: light switches and phones, or lighting matches. Any of these things can start a fire. Next, call your gas company to inform them (or 9-1-1 if you do not know your gas company’s number.) Allow professionals to inspect and fix the leak to prevent gas explosions.
- To prevent the gas leak from occurring at all, be sure to use your gas appliances properly by following the manufacture’s instructions and by always using natural gas appliances for their intended use only! Do not use your stove to heat your home! Make sure gas appliances are installed and maintained safely and properly. (Once again, have professional assistances.)
- For natural gas flames: to check the flame on the burners, make sure they have a steady blue flame and are working correctly. Keep areas around all appliances and equipment clean and unblocked for proper airflow. Store chemicals and flammable material away from any gas appliances and be sure to always have at least one multipurpose fire extinguisher in your household at all times.
- Have all your gas appliances: stove, furnaces, vents, flues, chimneys, and gas lines in your home (or business) checked at least once a year. This is usually a free service.