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How To Deal With a Gas Leak

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Deal With a Gas Leak Make sure your stove is off

How To Deal With a Gas Leak

It may seem like an ordinary day, but then you catch a whiff of natural gas. The odor of gas in your home in Brunswick, ME, is a serious situation. If left untreated, the result could be a gas fire. It’s very important to stay calm and follow the advice of professionals so you and your family remain safe.

1. Make Sure Your Stove Is Off

If the home is safe, check the burners on your stove, and make sure they are off. It’s possible someone bumped into the stove and accidentally turned on the gas.

2. Don’t Flip Any Switches

It’s important not to turn on any switches. Don’t use any electrical devices or anything with an open flame, as a spark or flame could cause a gas fire.

3. Ventilate the House

Allow gas in the home to escape by opening doors and windows. Know where your gas meter is located; they are installed both inside and outside of a home. An inside meter could be in the basement or in a utility room. All gas meters are equipped with an emergency shutoff switch, so use a wrench to turn off the meter and lessen the chance of a gas explosion.

4. Leave the Home

If the odor of gas is strong, or you can hear gas hissing, evacuate the home, and move the length of a football field away. Call 911 to report the gas emergency.

A gas leak is a dangerous situation, but taking action quickly can prevent a gas fire. It’s important to know what to do when an odor of gas is present, so you and your family should review the steps of dealing with a gas leak at least once a year. The important thing is to get out of the home safely. If there is a fire, leave the firefighting to the professionals and leave the fire damage assessment to restoration experts.

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