Gas leaks can bring serious damage to living areas and commercial establishments if not recognised fast enough. Gas leaks can bring about fires, explosions, and carbon monoxide poisoning. This is why it is so important for individuals to be able to detect and prevent any gas leaks from happening in your home. We’ve compiled some tips to help you detect, stop, and prevent gas leaks from occurring.
Detection and Emergency Procedures
Detection is the key to finding out whether or not you have a gas leak. Once you smell gas, you should immediately be on red alert especially if you think your gas detection system isn’t working properly.
Here are some things you should avoid should this occur:
- Smoke, lighting matches, or cigarette lighters.
- Turn on or off any electrical light switches or appliances. Electrical switches can ignite fires and cause explosions if the gas is concentrated.
- Put out any candles and cigarettes. These can be potential ignition sources when introduced to gas.
- Open all the doors and windows to allow for air circulation. Fresh air will be able to go in and gas will dissipate in the wind.
- Turn off gas supply at the meter. If you still smell a leak, it is most likely originating from outside your apartment.
If the gas smell is faint, be on the lookout for:
- Pilot light that always blows out
- A crisp blue flame instead of an orange or yellow flame
- Damp smell in the air
- Condensation on your windows
- Appliances that have soot or any scorched areas
If you still smell gas even if you’ve done all these precautions, it is most likely a problem with your gas supply. If you are lightheaded, dizzy, or nauseous, immediately go outside and call the fire station or 999.
Preventing a gas leak from occurring is for everyone’s benefit. And besides, it is a whole lot easier than dealing with all the drama and risks involved in a gas leak. Make sure you have your gas leak detection equipment regularly maintained by engineers.
If you have older appliances, make sure they are cleaned and maintained by professionals. Always keep a look out for windows as well. Make sure your kitchen has proper ventilation. Invest in a carbon monoxide alarm as this gas can make serious damage to your health as well. Keep a new fire extinguisher handy to be safe.
There are times that you might not be able to avoid gas leaks from happening in your area especially if there is an issue with the pipes or the flowmeter in Singapore. The only prevention you will have from this is by checking if your building regularly has their gas pipelines maintained.
Keeping a vigilant eye will definitely help you in times of emergency. If you have small children, teach them emergency steps they can take especially when you aren’t at home.
Do you think you have what it takes to curb a gas leak if it happens now?