Can you smell gas?
If you’ve ever walked into your home and been greeted with a strong smell of gas you’ll know just how worrying it can be! Luckily with the artificial smell now put into natural gas, it’s very quickly identified!
But what should you do if you find yourself in the unwanted situation of smelling gas?
You need to act quickly;
Turn off your gas supply if it’s safe to do so. DO NOT do so if located in a cellar. (If you don’t know how to do this in an emergency, I’d advise you to check your gas supply now, so you know what to do if the situation ever arises.)
DO NOT smoke, and extinguish any naked flames.
DO NOT operate electrical switches, as it can ignite the escaping gas.
Ventilate your house, open all doors and windows where possible.
Call the 24 hour national gas emergency number 0800 111 999 if you can’t get hold of a local qualified gas engineer.
Once the emergency situation is under control, make sure you seek medical attention if you think you might have inhaled a high volume of gas. If in doubt, see a doctor.
Once you know your house is safe and you are well, make sure all appliances are checked and everything is in good working order and adheres to all safety regulations. If you are a tenant your landlord will know of their responsibilities regarding gas appliances.
Badly fitted or poorly serviced gas appliances can cause leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Signs that your boiler could be faulty are;
Soot around the appliance.
A yellow or orange weak flame instead of a blue one.
A pilot light that easily blows out.
ALWAYS make sure you are up to date with appliances checks and services. Prevention is much better than an emergency situation!