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How To Prevent a Natural Gas Fire

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

Gas leaks can be identified by several recognizable signs.

How To Detect a Gas Leak

Natural gas is used to efficiently power appliances and heat many homes, but an unattended leak can lead to a gas fire. To protect your Florence, KY, home, learn how to detect a gas leak and what to do in the case of an emergency.

Noticing a Gas Leak
Gas leaks can be identified by several recognizable signs. Take caution if you detect:

  • The smell of rotten eggs
  • Hissing sounds coming from an appliance or pipe
  • An unexplained spike in your gas bill
  • Physical symptoms, such as fatigue, nausea or a headache
  • Dead indoor or outdoor plants that were previously healthy
  • Air bubbles in standing water or mud outside of your home

Preventing a Gas Fire
If you believe you have a gas leak in your home, check your appliances that are powered by gas to see if a stovetop or pipe is leaking. Know where your gas meter is located and how to turn it off safely if you think you have a leak. Immediately open windows and doors to ventilate your home. Do not turn on any lights or ignite any open flames, as they could spark a fire.

Calling Professionals
Contact emergency services and your gas provider to report the leak. Evacuate your home, bringing with you any pets, and distance yourself. You can wait across the street or in your vehicle parked away from the house. Wait for first responders and a representative from your gas company to arrive and deem the property safe before returning inside. In the event of a fire, call a professional restoration company to help with the rebuilding process.
Keep your home safe from a gas explosion by knowing what to do in the event of a leak. By taking the proper precautions, you can prevent a gas fire and ensure you are out of harm's way.

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