Gas safety

Whether you use gas for cooking, heating, or hot water heating, it is important to know what to do in the event you smell gas inside your home:

Important: If you can’t stop the gas leak by turning off the gas appliance(s) or the gas supply, contact Fire and Emergency on 111.

  • If safe to do so, turn off all gas appliances immediately.
  • If you have bottled gas supply, turn these off by screwing the valves clockwise.
  • If you are on piped gas, turn the valve off at the meter.
  • Open doors and windows to ventilate the area.
  • Don’t light anything. Keep flames and cigarettes out of the affected room and away from the area.
  • Never use a match or flame to check for a leak.
  • Leave all electrical appliances or switches as they are. A flick on or off can cause a spark.
  • Don’t use a mobile phone in the area.
  • Go outside to a safe place away from the building.
  • Call your gas supplier.

If you smell gas outside your home:

  • If the smell of gas is coming from outside your house, call your gas supplier.
  • If you have bottled gas supply, turn these off by screwing the valves clockwise.
  • If you are on piped gas, turn the valve off at the meter.
  • Don’t light anything. Keep flames and cigarettes away from the area.
  • Never use a match or flame to check for a leak.
  • Don’t use a mobile phone in the area.

Don’t forget regular servicing is important

It’s also a good idea to get your gas appliances checked every year by a registered gasfitter, just to make sure they’re in good working condition.

 

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