A gas leak in your home can be very dangerous to your home, family, and pets. Over 75 million people in the United States use natural gas in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings according to the American Gas Association, leading to a high possibility of gas leaks occurring. Gas leaks are highly flammable and can cause a fire or explosion.
If you do suspect a gas leak, it is very important to:
There are many different signs of a gas leak, from symptoms in your home to physical symptoms. Some of the symptoms in your home that point to a gas leak are:
Another factor that a small, not as noticeable gas leak is occurring is that your gas bills are higher than their usual average. This is from the gas escaping from gas lines or appliances into the house, therefore using more gas.
Along with signs in the home, there are things that will happen to you physically to indicate that there is a gas leak. Some of the physical signs of a gas leak are:
A reduction in oxygen will take a physical toll on your body. If there is a high-level gas leak, this may result in unconsciousness or even death in pets. It is very important to remove everyone, including your pets, from your home if you notice any signs of a gas leak!
Gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning have very similar symptoms, but the difference is that exposure to carbon monoxide can be incredibly fatal and will require emergency medical treatment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that there are over 400 unintentional carbon monoxide deaths in the United States a year.
Carbon monoxide can be found where fuel is burned, such as:
It is important to get a carbon monoxide detector in your home. A general good rule of thumb is to change the battery when you turn your clocks for spring and fall.
If you suspect a gas leak is happening, it is important to act quickly and safely. That includes not:
The most important thing to do in this situation is to report it and allow local officials and trained technicians to fix the gas leak!
It is important to be proactive when it comes to gas leaks. To be proactive, you can:
If you do have a gas leak, you can contact Barbosa Plumbing & Air Conditioning to speak with a knowledgeable expert. We want to keep you and your family safe and knowledgeable about your systems and appliances!
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