Gas leaks happen every day, and it’s very important to know how to handle the situation — it could be nothing major, or it could be lethal. Now, let’s start with the basics — you need to know that gas leaks can occur even if no gas-fueled appliances are on. Gas can leak from the tiniest of cracks which are usually invisible to the naked eye, so let’s see what you should do when you smell it.
First and foremost, immediately leave the area where you’ve smelled the gas. This is your safest bet of saving yourself — take your housemates, children, and anyone in your home/area where the gas is present, and run in an orderly fashion (panic won’t do much good).
The only thing we could suggest you do apart from running as far as possible and calling your national gas emergency service is trying to fix the leak at your own risk. This is the last thing you should do, however, unless evacuation is possible. If you know the cause of the leakage and are prepared to take the risk, it’s still advisable that you leave the issue to the specialised agencies for gas emergencies.
While there are but a handful of things you should be doing in the event of a gas leak, there are a plethora of things that you both shouldn’t and mustn’t. Gas is not only very flammable but could explode and cause further chain reactions.
Knowing that gas is flammable, you should definitely avoid anything that could spark it afire. Cigarettes, lighters, appliances emitting heat — all of these could bring about a disaster on a massive scale.
Panic is your worst enemy — there are numerous cases where people got hurt (or worse) due to the sheer loss of control of the situation. The gas-powered appliances are like ticking time bombs, and if you were to tip them over while running in panic, you could pretty much imagine the scenario you’d be in.
Even though you might think that gas leakages aren’t that big of a deal, is it worth risking life and limb? Electricity, as sparkly as it is, could ignite the gas too — flipping the switches, even if you’re in pitch black environment could also lead to a disaster.
If you do happen to find yourself in such a scenario (which is, probably, the worst one), use your cell phone or any other battery operated light to find your way out. Lastly, if you forgot your cell phone and had no means of lighting your way, it’s safer to rely on your senses and fumble in the dark than to “jumpstart” the gas.
If you do happen to find yourself in such a scenario (which is, probably, the worst one), use your cellphone or any other battery operated light to find your way out. Lastly, if you forgot your cellphone and have no means of lighting your way, it’s safer to rely on your senses and fumble in the dark than to “jumpstart” the gas.
Who to call?
Most (if not all) countries have their national gas emergency services — if you happen to live in a country that doesn’t, calling the fire department is your safest bet. Again, if you can’t find your cell phone and need to act quickly, evacuate and urge your neighbours or any passersby to call them for you.
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