Unfortunately, every year there are multiple people who die and get seriously injured due to accidents caused by gas leaks. As a result, gas safety is essential in every home. We will now look at some of the causes of gas leaks, how to find out if you have one and what to do about it.
The Causes Of Gas Leaks
In many cases, gas leaks are caused by improperly working appliances such as cookers, boilers etc. It can also occur due to poorly fitted appliances where the gas escapes. This usually happens from the gas hose and from the seal. So, to prevent this from happening, you should get your appliances properly fixed by a Gas Safe engineer that is fully accredited.
In the event that you’re unsure of the engineer’s accreditation, all you need to do is ask the engineer for their registration card or look at the Gas Safe website. Once you have older appliances, it is important that you regularly service them and always hire a Gas Safe engineer to do so.
If you have second hand or significantly older appliances, you should be very careful if you’re moving into a new house or apartment. Thankfully, there are many signs that indicate that your appliance has a leak or is faulty and we will take a look at them below.
How to determine if you have a gas leak?
Smelling gas in your home is the easiest sign that shows that there is a gas leak. On the other hand, if there is a carbon monoxide leak then you won’t be able to smell it but you’ll feel certain physical effects. Carbon monoxide will make you feel nauseous, lightheaded and even a bit dizzy and sick. So, once you start to feel these ways, you should leave the enclosed area as soon as possible and get fresh air outside. Once you stop feeling these ways, then your home likely has a carbon monoxide leak.
When it comes to your appliances, there are many signs that show that there is a leak, even if you can’t smell anything off in you home. These signs include:
– A low orange and yellow flame as oppose to a blue, sharp flame
– Issues with the pilot light blowing out easily
– Burnt or scorched parts on your appliance’s exterior
– Musty smells as well as a lot of condensation on surrounding windows
How to stop gas leaks from occurring?
It is best to focus on preventing gas leaks from happening as oppose to waiting for a gas leak to occur before fixing the issue. The first place you should pay attention to are the appliances in your home.
Always make sure that you hire a Gas Safe engineer to install all of your appliances as well as check them and maintain them regularly.
Once your appliance needs to be maintained, you should ensure that only a registered Gas Safe engineer does so. In order to prevent poisoning from carbon monoxide leaks, you should have a carbon monoxide alarm installed within your house. These alarms are quite inexpensive and they can be easily purchased from most hardware and DIY stores. They look and work in a similar fashion to smoke alarms. It is best to install these alarms in an open area such as a room or hallway and ensure that you swap out the batteries regularly.
What is the best course of action to take if I smell gas?
Once you smell gas, you should immediately spring into action. The very first thing you should do is take off your gas supply. This is located at your gas meter and the valve there is used to change gas flow. It may be a bit challenging to find this valve, so it is best to become familiar with it before you run into any issues.
Next, you should try to open your doors and windows so that fresh air can enter your home and reduce the concentration of gas within your home. Make sure that you leave the doors and windows open as long as you need to so that the gas can easily flow out of your home.
In the event that it isn’t possible for you to open any windows, it is best that you go outside and breathe in clean fresh air. Once you are aerating your home, make sure that you don’t smoke, use matches or even use electrical switches such as doorbells, light switches and more. This is because the spark could easily cause an explosion. Even lighting a candle can cause an explosion to happen due to the high concentration of leaked gas.
After you’ve completed these steps, the next thing you should do is get professional help. You can call National Gas at 0800 111 999. Make sure that you add this phone number to your phone so that you can quickly and easily call when necessary. You can call this number free of charge and you should also place the number on the fridge or any other easily accessible region in your home. You can also call National Gas anytime as they are available 24/7.
Avoid calling inside of your home if you suspect there is a gas leak. Instead, you should leave your home and call on your mobile or ask a friend or neighbor to call. Also, once the emergency engineer arrives, ensure that there is someone available to give them access to your property as well as help them to find the leak. In the event that there is a fire, you should opt to call the Fire Service (999) first before national Gas.