Though we live in an age of advanced technology, there are still some basic things that can go wrong with the gas and electrical systems in our own homes. Should you smell gas in your house or flat, you should aim to deal with it without delay. This is because if the gas were to ignite, it could case a large fire or explosion that will not only destroy part(s) of your home but also potentially take the lives of those living in and around it.

Natural gas does not actually contain an odor, but the smell is added artificially so you know when there is a leak. However, should you smell gas it is important not to panic as the cause is not always a leak, but instead can be due to a stove accidentally being left on and not lit or even a malfunctioning gas furnace.

First Important Steps

The first thing to do if you suspect a leak is to clear the affected areas as much gas as possible. This means, opening the windows and doors to allow the gas to dissipate outside into the atmosphere. Though quite obvious, you should NOT light any matches or candles to try to identify where the leak is and in addition turning on light switches or using mobile phones should definitely be avoided.

Contact The Authorities

If you have opened all doors and windows in your home and the smell is still lingering you should then definitely contact the National Gas Emergency Service helpline operated by the national grid. Their number is 0800 111 999. You will be asked for further information such as your address, how many people reside at the property, where the smell is more pungent, how long the smell has been noticeable and whether any neighbors too can smell the gas. Do not call 999 as they will only redirect you to the National Gas Emergency Service.

Turn Off The Gas Supply

If you genuinely begin to suspect there is a definite leak somewhere in your home, the next and most fundamental step is to turn off the gas supply until a qualified professional can identify the leak. This can be done by turning off the gas control valve that is usually located near or next to your gas meter. If you unsure about how to do this, the National Gas Emergency Service will provide you with further advice. It is also advisable to leave the property for your own safety after taking these precautions. You should only attempt to return to your home once a qualified plumber, technician or electrician confirms that the area is clear. You should also certify that the technician checks your entire system and it may even be advisable to have your plumber replace any old pipes to prevent a repeat of the situation.

Preventing Further Gas Leaks

Probably the best and most simple precaution you can take to ensure that are no more future gas emergencies is to ensure that all the gas utilities in your home are regularly checked and serviced by your local plumber. This should occur at least once year if not more.