Everyone here at Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions answer is yes, you should always consider any gas leaks to be an emergency. Here is why:
To put it simply gas leaks often can result in gas explosions. What should you avoid doing when a gas leak is detected is written here, however it’s imperative that you always take the proper precautions in avoiding a gas explosion. As a gas explosion is incredibly dangerous and does threaten both life and property, as unsafe gas explosion will produce both life and property. Carbon monoxide poisoning is potentially fatal and is considered to be very dangerous because it is odourless, invisible and tasteless.
Here’s what you should do:
- Always avoid using any naked flames or electrical switches from all appliances.
- Open any doors or windows if possible.
- Turn the gas off at the meter as soon as you smelt gas.
How gas leaks can be prevented:
Don’t use an illegal gas engineer. If a person is not Gas Safe Registered, it’s illegal for them to work with gas. Before you have any work done with your gas boiler or appliances, make sure the engineer you intend to use in on the Gas Safe Register. This can be checked either using the Gas Safe Register website and search for the engineer/business name on their database, or by asking to see the Gas Safe Register ID card, which every Gas Safe engineer is required by law to carry. Work that is not carried out to the proper safety standards can put everyone at risk.
Have your boiler regularly serviced at least annually: When a Gas Safe Engineer services your boiler, they will make sure that your boiler is safe and in working condition. This will include checking your boiler for common causes of gas leaks. The recommendation from most gas engineer agree that a boiler should be serviced at least once a year.
Another prevented measure that will prevent gas leaks is to install a carbon monoxide detector. It’s a small alarm that every household should have and been proven to be lifesaving.
Always remember, take extra care with who you use to carry out work on any gas appliances in your home. Work that isn’t carried out to the high standards set out by the Gas Safe Register can put everyone in the property at risk.
Here at Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions, we are Gas Safe Registered and ensure that all work we carry out is to the highest of standards. If you’re in encounter a gas leaks around the surrounding area and are in need of an emergency plumber, get in touch with us.