Think you smell gas?

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Think you smell gas?

Gas has a very distinctive smell and which has been specially added to allow end users to identify when there is gas escaping into the local atmosphere. Both LPG and Natural Gas have a scent added to them as they are both naturally odourless.

If you think you smell gas, then you should act immediately and get it checked out.

Natural Gas

If the source of the smell is likely to be Natural Gas (Ie, you have a gas meter at your property and do not get your gas delivered), then you should undertake the following actions:

  • Turn the gas meter off at the emergency control valve.
  • Open doors and windows to allow the property to ventilate.
  • Contact the National Grid gas emergency service on: 0800 111 999
  • They will send an engineer to investigate and ensure everything is made safe. They will confirm whether it is gas or not and they will not charge you; it’s completely free.
  • If they confirm it’s a gas leak, you will need to contact a Registered Gas Installer (Like ourselves) to repair the leak and make it safe. Do not turn your gas back on if there is a confirmed leak.

Bottled LPG

If the source is likely to be LPG bottles then you should ignore the above and follow the procedures listed below:

  • Turn off the bottles at the bottle control valve.
  • Ventilate the area where the smell was identified.
  • The smell should dissipate. If it does, then contact a Registered Gas Installer (Like us) to repair the leak and make it safe. Do not turn your bottles on again once you have confirmed the likelyhood of a leak being present.
  • If the smell does not dissipate or the smell continues and is around the bottle storage area, then you have have a leaking bottle. You should contact the bottle supplier’s emergency service (This is completely free) on one of the numbers below:
    CALOR: 0845 7 444 999
    FLOGAS: 0845 7 200 100
    MacGAS: 0845 607 6118

Bulk Storage or Tanked LPG

If you are supplied with a bulk storage LPG tank, then you should first identify whether the leak is likely to be inside the property or outside the property.

Outside the property:

  • Identify your bulk storage tank (The point at which you accept delivery).
  • Remove the access lid if under-ground.
  • Close the emergency control valve located on the top of the bulk storage tank.

Inside the property:

  • If you can, identify the emergency control valve that is located where the gas pipework enters the property and close the valve.
  • If you are not able to locate the valve, or the smell does not go away, follow the outside the property rules and close the emergency control valve located on the top of the bulk storage tank.

In both cases the following rules can then be applied:

  • Ventilate the area where the smell of gas originated.
  • If the smell goes away, then contact a Registered Gas Installer (Like us) and we can come out and identify/repair the leak and get you going again.
  • If the smell does not go away, then you should contact your bulk storage fuel supplier as they will send out an emergency engineer for free. Common providers in our area are:
    CALOR: 0845 7 444 999
    FLOGAS: 0845 7 200 100
    MacGAS: 0845 607 6118
    AvantiGAS: 0808 208 0000

 

No matter what fuel you have….. the following procedures should be applied:

  • Do not smoke or use any form of naked flame.
  • Do not turn on or off any electrical appliances.
    This includes lights! If they’re on, leave them on – If they’re off, then leave them off!
  • Do not use doorbells, intercoms or any form of block access equipment (Leave a door open to allow the emergency service provider access).
  • Evacuate the property and inform neighbours if the smell is constantly getting increasing.