If you suspect a gas leak, trust you gut instincts and report it to the Gas Emergency Service number on 0800111999. Then you have to act fast, but in a safe manner.
If you can, try and do the following:
1) Locate gas control valve / Turn off your gas supply immediately:
This could be in a 'meter cupboard' in one of your rooms or outside your property, near the entrance. Some properties have their gas supply controls in their garage or in a small cupboard. below their staircase. Once you find the valve, you should look for a handle. Turn that handle ninety degrees (a quarter circle) in relation to the structure of the the emergency control valve.
IMPORTANT - IF TOU SUSPECT A GAS LEAK DO NOT SWITCH ON ANY LIGHTS OR TURN ON ANY ELETRICAL DEVICE. THIS CAN EVEN MEAN OPERATING YOUR GARAGE DOOR.
2) If you are a smoker, do not be tempted to light up:
Some smokers light up a cigarette in times of stress or panic. DO NOT SMOKE. DO NOT LIGHT UP A CIGARETTE. If there is a gas leak, lighting up a cigarette could cause a gas explosion.
3) Do not use cigarette lighters or light any matches:
Again a naked flame, or just the spark of trying to light either, could cause a gas explosion.
4) Safely out out any lit candles you have burning:
You must safely put out any lit candles you have burning.
5) Open every window and door:
Ventilation is key in emergencies like this. Try and open up as many windows and doors as you can.
If you smell gas then always act fast; remember what to do and not do in this gas emergency situation.
Every year carbon monoxide poisoning sadly claims approximately 20 lives per year in the UK. It is a very silent and deadly killer. You can not see it and you can not smell it. That is why Trustworth Plumbing urge you to always check that your carbon monoxide detectors are working. Make sure you check the battery is working by performing the test on your detector box. Gas leaks do carry a serious danger of potential loss of life. So take this very seriously. If you feel that you are showing any symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning then we recommend that you seek medical attention immediately.
If you suspect there is a gas leak in your property then arrange for one of our gas safe engineers to visit you. They are fully qualified to carry out gas work and are on the gas safe register. If you think it is your boiler that is the problem, they are best qualified to find out what the problem is. If you gas is off for any reason, they are experts in finding out why.
Call Trustworth Plumbing today on 07951538977, if you suspect you have a gas leak.