Having a gas connection in a home can be of great benefit. Gas is economical environmentally-friendly, and also highly practical. You need only read my previous article to understand the full benefits gas can bring. The only real downside of gas is the elevated safety risks of a potential leak, which of course you don’t have with electricity or other fuel option.
Knowing what to do in a gas emergency is vital. Your family’s safety is paramount. To ensure your family is safe, you need to know the symptoms of a gas leak and what to do in a gas leak situation. We look at these items in today’s article.
What are the symptoms of a gas leak
The first sign of a gas leak will be a strange smell in the air. If you’re not sure what gas smells like, it’s described best as a rotten egg-like smell or sulphur. It’s a distinctive smell that you will never forget.
Another symptom of a gas leak is a hissing or whistling sound. If you use Natural Gas, the sound will be coming from the gas line location. You may also see a white dust/cloud around the gas line location.
Bubbles in water are another sign of a potential gas leak as too are limp or dead house plants.
A damaged gas pipe is a clear indication of a gas leak.
You may also experience physical symptoms too. Such symptoms may include dizziness or lightheadedness, nausea, breathing difficulties, headaches, irritable eyes and through, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, amongst others.
What to do in a gas leak situation
If you suspect you have a gas leak, you need to take every precaution to ensure your and your family’s safety. The first thing you need to do is to turn off the gas as your meter if you have Natural Gas or at the bottle if you have LPG Gas.
Next, go throughout your home and switch off all appliances that operate with gas; gas hot water storage units, gas ovens, gas cooktops, gas heaters, etc., including electrical appliances.
When you are sure your gas connection is turned off, and you have switched off all appliances, gas and electrical, then you should call an emergency gas detection company in Auckland, such as iSpecialise.
We will instruct you to open all windows and doors to increase ventilation (if it is safe to do so) and then exit your property and wait for us to arrive on the nature strip.
Call iSpecialise; your local gas leak experts!
iSpecialise provide a rapid-response gas leak detection and repair service to ensure your gas emergency is attended to and repaired as soon as possible.
We are fully licensed gas fitters and have specialised inferred cameras that enable us to detect gas leaks without causing additional damage to your home. Once we find the source of the leak, we can then repair the leak and make your home safe once again.
I personally have a gas connection in my home, and I couldn’t imagine life without it. It provides my family with hot water, heating, and instant flame power for cooking, and because I installed it myself, I know it is safe. However, gas leaks can happen. Therefore, you need to know a) what the signs of a gas leak are and b) what to do in a gas leak situation.
Symptoms of a gas leak include an egg-like smell in the air, hissing or whistling sounds, bubbles in water, dead or limp plants, along with a range of physical symptoms, which include dizziness or lightheadedness, nausea, breathing difficulties, etc.
If you suspect you have a gas leak, turn off your gas connection, evacuate your premises, and give iSpecialise a call. As licensed gas fitters in Auckland, we have specialist inferred leak detection equipment that will locate the source of the leak for a safe and rapid repair.
Call our office today on 09-889 9553.