I Can Smell Gas. What Do I Do?
Is It Bad To Breathe In Gas?
Although gas is an extremely useful household resource, it can be extremely dangerous especially when inhaled in large concentrations. A minor leak can accumulate in the air which can be extremely dangerous in a confided space such as a room or office space.
Gas when inhaled can lead to breathing difficulties, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, nausea and respiratory issues just to name a few. In instances where gas is inhaled in large concentrations you may experience loss of consciousness, coordination issues and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is when your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with carbon monoxide. This prevents oxygen from reaching your tissues and organs and can lead to tissue damage and death.
How Do I Stop A Gas Leak?
When it comes to gas, you need to get the professionals. If the smell of gas is coming from an appliance on your property, or from pipework near the gas meter, turn the gas meter handle to the off position and then immediately phone your local gasfitter (such as Exeter Plumbing on 1300 155 944.) If you are unsure how to do this, your local gasfitter will be able to talk you through it. At Exeter Plumbing you will be able to talk to a licensed gas fitter straight away. Open all windows if the smell is indoors to allow for ventilation.
For those of you that rent, you will need to notify your real estate agent.
Do not delay getting help. Even if you are not sure if you have a gas leak it is better to be safe than sorry. A gas leak is considered as an emergency and should be taken very seriously.
Can I Fix A Gas Leak Myself?
The short answer is no. Do not risk it. In NSW, gas fitters are governed by the NSW Fair Trading Gas & Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2017. A professional gasfitter will be up to date with all the latest legislation that surrounds gas installation and connections. They will also be able to ensure your gas line is at the correct pressure and is the correct size for optimal appliance efficiency. No matter how big or small the job is, due to the dangers associated with gas, it is vital for the safety of yourself and others to have a professional gasfitter do the job for you.
Contact Our Friendly Team Today
For more information on how Exeter Plumbing can help with your gas needs please click here. For your convenience Exeter Plumbing’s professional gasfitters are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including public holidays – we are here to help you. Call 1300 155 944 to speak to a licensed gasfitter straight away.