Natural gas transmission and transportation services are meant to be leak-free and convenient. However, leaks may still occur.
Here today, we are going to learn about preventative measures regarding gas leaks.
Evacuate the House or Apartment Building
As soon as you smell, hear, or sense leaking gas, immediately evacuate the premises. The methane and carbon dioxide present in domestic gas kills the oxygen content in the air. You with your family are at risk of dying a slow and painful death from suffocation. Don’t avoid the situation or procrastinate. Relocate as quickly as you can.
Do not be afraid of thinking about what might happen in the future. There might not even be a gas leak, but you still chose to do the right thing by relocating and saving the lives of loved ones. Your quick thinking saves lives, as even the most minor gas leaks can lead to fires and explosions.
Do Not Play With Lights
Never, never use an electrical device during a gas leak! Do not turn on light switches or turn on the microwave or coffee maker. This is because an electric spark can cause a huge blast that can severely damage the house or even result in your family members’ death.
Using the brain map of your living facility, guide yourself to a torch or a glow stick. Gather your family members and make a timely exit. However, if you see the lights are on, leave them on. Even turning off the light can spark a blast. Your goal is to keep everyone safe.
Open Doors and Windows
While you are gathering every family member or your collectibles and valuables, leave windows and doors open when you exit the rooms. Aerate the entire house or flat so the gas smell and pressure exit. This will not stop the gas leak, but it will help the harmful compounds escape through the windows, and you must also maintain a safe distance from the location of the gas leak.
There is no need to go back to see if the gas is still leaking or not; constant exposure to the gas results in anxiety build-up, watery eyes, and breathing problems.
Dial Emergency Contacts
Lastly and most importantly, contact your utility bidder through their hotline service. Convey to them about the gas leak and the entire situation. Follow their guidelines until they send their representative and fire department to take control of the situation.
The utility bidder will begin by inspecting the gas leak wearing proper safety equipment. The utility bidder will also turn off the gas supply from the primary source and ensure the area has been evacuated. They will not leave until the situation has been resolved permanently.
A Piece of Advice!
A gas explosion is a scary situation as any negligence can worsen the situation tremendously. Gas leakage can affect humans and animals alike. Even though these leakages are rare, they must be handled immediately. Moreover, cooperate with the maintenance works for yearly inspections, so these events are avoided altogether.