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Precautions to Take In Case of a Gas Leak Before You Hire a Plumber to Repair a Gas Line
Gas leaks from the gas line rarely occur in homes where plumbers are frequently hired to inspect and repair the gas line. Do not assume a minor gas leak because it can cause severe carbon monoxide poisoning, explosions and fires. You will smell rotten eggs when your gas line starts to leak. Your pets will behave unusually, red or watering eyes, lack of appetite, disorientation, vomiting, among other symptoms when they inhale leaking gas. Difficulty breathing, dizziness, fatigue, decrease in appetite, nausea, ringing ears, nose bleeding, mood changes, light headaches, and chest pains are signs and symptoms that your gas line has been leaking and you have inhaled a considerable amount. Do the following things before you contact a gas line plumber to repair a gas line leak.
No one in the house should use electric home appliances and devices or anything that produces heat such as a candle, lighter, matchbox, cigarettes and more. You risk an explosion in the house by using your home appliances and items than produce heat when a gas leak occurs.
If your home appliances, gas detecting alarm systems and lights were on, leave them as they are to prevent sparks.
Everyone in the house should leave immediately including your pets if you suspect gas is leaking. Do not panic because you will end up rushing and hurting yourselves.
Leave your doors and windows open as you leave the house. You should not stop to open for windows that were closed. Leaking gas will leave the house through the windows that were open and the doors that you are leaving open as you go outside the house.
Once you are outside the house, assemble at one place and at a safe distance from the home. Count yourselves to ensure that all people and pets who were in the house are outside.
If someone has inhaled the gas excessively, they need first aid because the difficulty in breathing, chest pains, headaches, fatigue, dizziness are severe cases that can make the person collapse. Contact an emergency number to take the pet of the person to a vet or medical center.
Your neighbors should know that there is an emergency in your home so that they can take precautions. If you do not alert your neighbors that there is a gas leak in your apartments, they can trigger an explosion from their apartments out of ignorance because gas spreads to other apartments quickly.
You should not under any circumstances go back into the house for your pets, valuables or anyone who is trapped inside. You never know if an explosion may occur when you get back into the house.
Contact your gas company and emergency number. The gas company and the fire department has experts who will inspect the house to establish if all of your things are alright, turn off the gas line and get people and pets who were trapped in the house outside safely.
After dealing with the emergency and the home is safe for you and your family, hire a plumber to inspect the gas line thoroughly and repair it to prevent future gas leaks.