The smell of gas is strong and unpleasant, which is a good thing when it comes to home safety. A whiff of this pungent odor is a clear indicator that your home and those within it are in danger. If you smell gas in your home, you need to take immediate steps to protect your entire family.
The Dangers of Gas
There are many potential causes of gas leaks in a home. They can include anything from a faulty stove igniter to a blown pilot light in a furnace. Any of these things can result in an accumulation of gas in your home. Note that it takes less gas than you think for there to be a dangerous situation. A room only needs to be filled with 25 percent gas to result in an explosion.
Gas Leak Safety Procedures
If you smell gas in your home, safety should be your primary concern. It’s important that there be no naked flames in your home. Avoid smoking, lighting matches or using electrical appliances as any of these things could cause a spark and ignite the gas.
You should also open windows and doors to provide ventilation. If possible, you should find your gas valve and turn it off. Your next step should be to contact your gas provider or HVAC service provider for emergency assistance.
A gas leak in your home is a serious problem that can cause harm to your family, along with major property damage. If you have a gas leak or want more information about how to stay safe if one occurs, contact Air Assurance. We’ve been providing HVAC services to the Tulsa and Broken Arrow areas since 1985. Our HVAC professionals are trained to service gas appliances and will be happy to help.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about gas leaks and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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