What to Do if You Smell Natural Gas in Your Home
If You Smell Natural Gas in Your House, What Should You Do?
If you have appliances in your Vermilion County home that are operated using gas, it is possible that a leak could occur. If you notice a gas smell in your house, you should take some precautions to prevent starting a gas fire.
1. Turn Off the Stove
A common source of gas in your home is the stove. If you have a gas stove, make sure that it is turned off. If the gas is coming from this location that might be all you need to do to fix the problem.
2. Turn Off the Gas Meter
If natural gas is leaking from somewhere else in your home, you should turn the gas off at the meter. This should keep the gas from continuing to fill your home.
3. Open Doors and Windows
To keep the gas from building up and creating the potential for a gas fire explosion, you should open all of the windows and doors. This allows the house to ventilate and will make it easier for the gas to leave your home.
4. Don’t Use the Electricity
If you have a gas leak in your home, the built-up gas is highly flammable. Don’t turn on any electrical objects, including the lights, and don’t handle any plugs or outlets. Even a small spark could turn into a big gas explosion.
5. Call a Professional
After leaving the house, you can contact emergency restoration services to take care of the natural gas leak in your home. It is important that you have a professional inspect the house to make sure the built-up gas has dissipated, and the source of the leak is repaired.
Because you cannot see if there is a gas leak, an unusual smell will likely be the first indication that there is a problem. A gas fire can start and spread easily, so make sure to follow these steps to keep you and your family safe.