Do you know your gas leak protocol? If you own a residential or commercial building in NYC, there are several things you need to do to keep it properly maintained and ensure that anyone who comes in and out of your building is kept safe. Every building owner should know their gas leak protocol in the event of a gas leak. If you are unfamiliar with what to do should a gas leak occur, you have come to the right place. Learn the steps you need to take if there is a gas leak in your building.
Recognize a Gas Leak Smell, Sight, and Sound
If you suspect your building has a gas leak, you have three senses to help you make a quick judgment call. A gas leak gives off a smell that is similar to rotten eggs. Secondly, if you see dust that’s blowing around the room, mist, fog, or a white cloud, it’s likely a gas leak. Finally, if you hear whistling, hissing, or roaring, it’s a strong indication that there is a gas leak.
Take The Appropriate Next Steps
Once you’ve noticed a strange, foul odor, strange noises, or weird elements in the air, you’ll need to get out of the building as soon as possible. Everyone in the building should evacuate it carefully and swiftly. Avoid smoking or lighting a match in the building when you suspect there is a gas leak. When you are in and around the building, do not use a telephone (including mobile devices) or other appliances since this can cause a spark and lead to a potential explosion. You also do not want to start up a vehicle anywhere near the building. Once you are outside, it’s a good idea to get as far away from the building as possible.
Take Your Health Into Consideration
A gas leak can also affect your physical health, and if you were not able to detect the leak in a timely manner, you could be experiencing some symptoms. If you are feeling dizzy, nauseous, light-headed, or you have a headache, get outside as soon as possible and get some fresh air. If the symptoms persist, you may want to get checked out by a medical professional.
Get The Gas Leak Taken Care of
Once you and everyone else in the commercial building has been moved to safety, call 911 to report the gas leak. The sooner you call, the better so that any chance of further disaster can be thwarted. Serious injury and even death can easily be prevented when you act quickly and take the right steps.
Prevent Future Gas Leaks From Occurring
There are plenty of things that can be done to prevent a dangerous gas leak from reoccurring (or occurring at all). Consider investing in a gas detector alarm and have it installed by a professional. A gas detector alarm will alter you of any leaks and protect you and anyone else in the building. While you are getting a gas detector alarm installed, consider also having the technician install a carbon monoxide detector. Finally, invest in routine gas safety checks which will soon be required by law depending on your Building classification and make sure each occupant knows gas leak protocol..
If you have a gas leak and need repairs and gas restoration AFTER you’ve followed the proper procedure, contact Aladdin Plumbing.