Be Prepared to Avoid Deadly Gas Leaks!
Everyone has heard horror stories about gas leaks, but no one thinks it will happen to them. The truth is that anyone who lives in a house with natural gas is at risk of a gas leak. And with all the events that come with summers, such as the 4th of July and summer cookouts, homeowners should make sure their homes are safe. Everyone needs to know the signs of a gas leak and what to do if one occurs.
The Dangers of Gas Leaks
Gas leaks are dangerous for a couple of different reasons. One of those reasons is how flammable natural gas is. This probably won’t come as a surprise to most people. After all, that’s why natural gas is so useful for heating and cooking. But, when it leaks out and is allowed to build up in the home, it can be extremely dangerous and explosive, ignited even from a small spark.
The second reason why a gas leak is dangerous has to do with how gas interacts with oxygen. Natural gas is considered an asphyxiant, which means it displaces breathing air in a room or home. So, if a gas leak continues in a house for long enough, it can cause death by suffocation through air displacement.
Typical Signs of a Gas Leak
The best way to be prepared for a natural gas leak is to know the signs. In its unaltered state, natural gas has no taste, color, or smell. Luckily, gas companies put a harmless chemical into the natural gas supply to smell like rotten eggs. This is the number one sign there’s a gas leak. Leaks often come with a whistling sound, shimmering air above a gas appliance, or a visibly damaged gas fixture or line.
Other physical signs indicate there’s a gas leak. These include dizziness, headaches, sleepiness, breathing issues, skin irritation, nausea, and fatigue. If anyone in the house experiences any of these signs, it could mean there’s a gas leak in the home, and it should be addressed immediately following the steps below.
Tips in Case of a Gas Leak
If there’s a gas leak in the home, it’s imperative to take action immediately. For minor gas leaks, open up the windows and doors to allow the gas to dissipate and call the gas company immediately. If there is a more severe leak and members of the household have physical symptoms, opening the windows and doors may not be enough. For severe leaks, evacuate the house of all people and pets and then call the gas company and emergency services.
To prevent leaks and keep the home safe, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. A professional plumbing company can check gas lines and fixtures for safety to catch a gas leak before one happens. This, in addition to being armed with knowledge, is the best way to prepare for dangerous gas leaks!
About JD Precision Plumbing Services
JD Precision Plumbing Services has been serving Spring, TX since 2010. They offer hassle-free service and on-time arrivals. They focus on educating their customers and provide up-front pricing on-site! Contact them for help with gas line repair and leak detection today.