What to do if you suspect a gas leak?

Natural gas is said to be safe and convenient for use. But gas leaks can happen. These leaks can lead to physical symptoms and, in some situations, the gas can cause carbon monoxide poisoning in living beings.

According to statistics, over 73 million residential, commercial, and industrial premises in the US make the use of natural gas. It is highly flammable, and the risk of fire and explosion is increased due to gas leaks.

If a gas leak is suspected, the area must be evacuated immediately. Call the emergency number, the local fire department, or the utility company’s emergency line.

There might not be a smell or other physical signs in case of small gas leaks. But, if there is a gas leak, here are some things you might notice:

  • The odour of sulphur or rotten eggs
  • A whistling or hissing sound near the gas line
  • A dust cloud or white cloud near a gas line
  • Bubbles in the water
  • A dented/damaged gas pipe
  • Dead houseplants

Correspondingly, gas bills may be higher than normal, because gas will be leaking/escaping from gas lines or appliances into the house. Apart from these, there are some physical symptoms as well. A decrease in the amount of oxygen in the air causes gas leak symptoms. These can include the following:

  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling Lightheaded
  • Flu-Like Symptoms
  • Fatigue or Drowsiness
  • Headaches
  • Irritation to The Eyes and Throat
  • Nausea
  • Nosebleeds
  • Mood Changes, Including Depression
  • Pains in The Chest
  • Reduced Appetite
  • Pale Skin or Blistering, Following Direct Contact with Gas
  • Ringing in The Ears

Your pets might also experience symptoms in the event of a gas leak. Pet owners should observe some signs:

  • Difficulties in Breathing
  • Changes in Mood or Behaviour
  • Disorientation
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Sore Throat
  • Red or Watering Eyes
  • Very High Levels of Gas May Cause Unconsciousness or Even Death in Pets.

What to do in case of a gas leak

If there is a gas leak, it is necessary to do the following:

  • Make sure that all people and pets are immediately evacuated from the house.
  • Leave the doors open and instantly call an emergency number, the local fire department, or the utility company’s emergency number
  • DO NOT make the call from within the house, as this action may ignite the gas.

In the case of a gas leak always keep in mind:

  • Never make an Attempt to Repair the Leak
  • Never make the Use of a Phone Inside the Home
  • Never Hunt for The Source of The Leak
  • Never Switch Lights or Household Appliances on Or Off
  • Never Use any Sources of Ignition like Lighters, Candles, Matches, etc.
  • Never Keep Doors and Windows Closed
  • Never Allow the Situation to Go UnreportedTop of Form

Gas Lines & Gas Leaks

Gas leaks are nothing to be trifled with. Don’t worry and consult us! At David E. White Plumbing, we are trained to locate gas leaks and install safe gas systems. We follow all local plumbing codes and regulations to provide you with safe solutions.

We suggest to never attempt to fix a gas leak on your own. If you smell gas, leave the building immediately and call 9-1-1. Remember, anything you do in an area filled with gas can set off an explosion, so do not call from inside where you may also find yourself overcome by the gas. After calling emergency help, call David E. White Plumbing so we can come to you and solve the problem quickly and safely. David E. White Plumbing can install new gas lines and repair faulty systems, and help you correct or avoid code violations. We also install and repair gas-powered equipment.

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