According to the American Gas Association, over 70 million commercial and residential premises use natural gas. The gas is flammable, and a leak could result in a fire or explosion. Also, the carbon monoxide from the leak inhibits blood oxygenation, which can lead to death. As such, it is vital to act swiftly if you suspect a gas leak in your premise.
Evacuate All People and Pets
When a gas leak occurs, start by evacuating everyone from the building. Gas leaks are characterized with carbon monoxide poisoning which is also fatal.
Seek medical Attention
If the leak went undetected for long, you might notice some gas leak symptoms in both the people and animals evacuated. These symptoms include nausea, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, chest and abdominal pains. If the symptoms are fatal, consider calling in an ambulance immediately.
Call Gas Utility Company to Confirm Leak
If you can’t independently confirm the gas leak, call your local gas utility company to help you identify any leak. Leave the doors open to let in fresh air before making the call. Remember not to make the call while indoors as this may trigger the gas to ignite. Professional gas utility companies have the necessary expertise to detect and repair any leaks. Next, wait until the leak is effectively verified before returning to the house.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors will come in handy for you if you suspect a leak in the future. They will sound an alarm if they detect any carbon monoxide in the air. Remember, the presence of carbon monoxide is the clearest indicator of a gas leak.
Keep Fire Extinguisher On Site
Gas leaks are highly flammable and can be ignited by the slightest spark. A fire extinguisher can help you put out a gas fire before it escalates. Ensure that the extinguisher is easily accessible and detachable from the wall.
Finally, natural gas leaks cause an array of physical signs and symptoms in people and animals. Watch out for physical symptoms such as dizziness, breathing difficulties and nausea, as they may be indicators of a possible gas leak.
At Collins Comfort Masters, we are an HVAC company serving the greater Phoenix area. Since 1985, we have been committed to affording our Phoenix clients excellent HVAC solutions. We specialize in heating, cooling, emergency HVAC services and plumbing. Do not hesitate to contact us today for immediate service if you suspect a gas leak in your home.