what to do if you smell gas

A poorly maintained gas appliance in your home can cause a gas leak. Knowing what to do in a gas emergency can save lives. In this article, we highlight the steps you should take if you smell gas in your home.

How do you know if you have a gas leak?

The most obvious sign you have a gas leak is the smell of gas. Gas has a very distinct smell like rotten eggs or smelly socks. However, a gas leak can also make you feel ill as your body may react to the presence of leaked gas.

What causes a gas leak?

A gas leak in your home is usually caused by poorly fitted, badly maintained or faulty gas appliances. Always make sure your gas appliances are installed by a Gas Safe Registered engineers. Older appliances in your home can cause a gas leak. If you are having them serviced, again make sure you always use a Gas Safe Registered engineer.

Here at Woods Building Maintenance, all our gas engineers are on the Gas Safe Register so, you can have peace of mind that all gas appliance installations are carried out safely and effectively to the highest standard.

What to do if you smell gas?

If you smell gas in your home, you should take the following steps:

  • Open the windows and doors in the property to let fresh air flow through.
  • Switch off the gas at the mains tap (usually located near the meter). You need to move the handle a quarter turn until it is at 90 degrees from the pipe to stop the gas supply.
  • Leave the property.
  • Use your mobile phone to call the National Gas Emergencies number on 0800 111 999 which is free to call and available 24 hours a day.
  • Follow the advice given by the emergency adviser.
  • Wait outside the property for a gas engineer to arrive.

During a potential gas leak, you should NOT do the following:

  • Don’t smoke, light a match or use any other naked flame.
  • Don’t switch any electrical switches on or off.
  • Don’t use doorbells, mobile phones or any other electrical switches which may cause a spark.
How to prevent a gas leak?

To help prevent a gas leak in your home, you should always have a Gas Safe Registered engineer install all your appliances. Woods Building Maintenance have a network of Gas Safe Registered engineers based across the North of England so, if you need a new gas appliance installing we are here to help call us on 0330 3530 365.

Gas Safe Services from Woods Building Maintenance

Woods Building Maintenance is a planned and reactive maintenance company based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. We deliver our planned and reactive services to both domestic and commercial customers across the North of England. Our maintenance services are available 24/7, 365 days a year supported by our own 24/7 helpdesk.

Our services include:

Here at Woods Building Maintenance, we pride ourselves on offering exceptional maintenance services at the lowest possible price. From the moment you contact one of our friendly helpdesk advisers you will receive first class customer care. We aim to get the relevant tradesperson out to you ASAP to solve your issue.

Woods Building Maintenance have achieved several industry recognised certifications including NICEIC, Gas Safe Register and Safe Contractor so, you can have peace of mind that all work carried out by us is competed safely and effectively.

If you require any of our services, please call us on 0330 3530 365 or contact us online.

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