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Gas Emergencies

By
Home Inspector with Gregory Allen Home Inspector NC 2239

Your home may be serviced with natural or bottled gas. Gas is a safe, clean, economical

energy source for appliances such as furnaces, boilers, water heaters, dryers, cooktops,

fireplaces and barbecues. Although gas appliances are wonderful conveniences, gas must

be treated with respect.

If you smell gas inside or outside your home, hear gas escaping from a broken line or see

a broken gas line, you should:

Get everyone out of and away from your home immediately.

Call your local gas company or your fire department from a neighbor's house.

Do not light a match, turn a light on or off, use a telephone (portable, cellular or regular)

or operate any electrical switch or electronic device - flames or electric sparks can ignite

the leaking gas.

Leave as many windows and doors open as possible - the gas will rise and dissipate

harmlessly outside.

If the gas leak is inside your home, you can turn off your gas supply at the gas shutoff

valve after everyone is out of the house. If you prefer, you can have your utility company

turn off the gas.

The gas shutoff valve should be located on the pipe leading into the gas meter. Turn the

valve a quarter-turn in either direction with an adjustable-end or "crescent" wrench. The

gas is off when the valve is perpendicular to the pipe.

If the gas leak is outside your home, keep away from the leak area and away from your

house. Do not attempt to shut off the gas supply. Your utility company will turn off the

gas.

Once your gas is off, wait for your local gas company to restore your service.