Learning About Gas Leak Safety This Summer

Gas Line Leaks Can Be Deadly: Be Prepared!

A suspected gas leak is nothing to mess around with. Homeowners should never try to solve a gas leak without the help of a trained professional. Not only that, but when homeowners suspect they have a gas leak in their home, they should call a professional as soon as possible. Gas leaks are dangerous and can make those in the household very sick within a matter of an hour or two. If the gas leak goes unnoticed for too long, it can even become deadly. Many homes have switched to all-electric because of the dangers surrounding gas leaks. 

However, many homes still run at least partly on gas, which is why this information is vital for homeowners to know. Below is more information about the dangers and signs of gas leaks and what homeowners should do if they suspect a gas leak in their home. 

The Dangers of Gas Leaks

First, gas leaks are a fire hazard, so one should handle them with care and efficiency. Aside from dangers to the home, gas leaks are also a major hazard to humans. Too much exposure causes gas poisoning that can make people incredibly sick and even die. 

Here are some things that gas poisoning can do to the human body: 

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Nosebleed
  • Ringing in ears
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Malaise
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting
  • Unusually pale skin 

If not handled efficiently, gas poisoning can cause some long-term effects, including personality changes, impaired judgment, and mood swings. 

Common Signs of a Gas Leak

If homeowners feel the above-mentioned physical symptoms, they should call a professional and get out of their house as soon as possible. One extremely common symptom that people experience is that they feel sick when they are home and immediately get better upon leaving. 

Here are a few other signs that there might be a gas leak in the home: 

  • Dying plants
  • The smell of sulfur
  • Hissing noises
  • A white cloud near the gas line
  • Bubbles in water
  • Damaged gas pipe 

Also, since gas will be escaping from areas it isn’t supposed to, the gas bill will be a lot higher that month than any other month. Of course, homeowners will hopefully have spotted and fixed the problem before it is reported on their monthly bill. 

What To Do When a Gas Leak Is Suspected

If homeowners suspect a gas leak in their home, they should evacuate the home immediately and leave the door to their home open. Once outside, they should call their utility company’s emergency number, the fire department, or 911. One should make this phone call outside of the home because the call could ignite the gas in the home. 

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