Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: How To Deal With a Natural Gas Leak

A natural gas leak can be dangerous and pose a risk of fire or explosion. It’s important to take immediate action to address the leak and ensure your safety. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Evacuate the area: Leave the building or area immediately, and do not use any electrical switches, appliances, or cell phones, as they may create sparks that could ignite the gas.
  • Call for help: From a safe location, call the local gas company or the emergency services (such as 911 in the US) to report the leak.
  • Turn off the gas supply: If you know how to do so safely, turn off the main gas valve.
  • Avoid sources of ignition: Do not smoke; use lighters, candles, or any other ignition sources, as they could ignite the gas.
  • Ventilate the area: Open windows and doors to allow the gas to escape. Do not re-enter the building until the gas company has declared it safe.
  • Follow instructions from the authorities: Wait for the gas company or emergency services to arrive and follow their instructions.
  • It’s important to note that natural gas has a distinct odor that is added to it to help detect leaks.

If you smell gas, follow these steps immediately to ensure your safety. Do not hesitate to call for help and evacuate the area if you suspect a gas leak.