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What to Do If You Suspect a Gas Leak

If you rely on gas as a power source for your home, you know how important it is to have that gas flowing to your furnace, stove, and other appliances. What you also probably know is that, if that gas starts seeping into your home, you have a serious problem on your hands.

If you suspect you have a gas leak, here are some steps you should take to ensure you and your family’s safety.

Open the Windows

The first thing you’ll want to do is open all the doors and windows in your home to get fresh air flowing and allow the gas to be pushed outside. The more ventilation you have in this situation, the better!

Avoid Using Electronics Indoors

If any electronics spark, that could cause an explosion and that’s the end of that. If you suspect you have a gas leak, avoid using your cell phones, light switches, doorbells, or other electronic devices while you’re still inside your home.

Go Outside

Once you’ve allowed for some good ventilation in your home, head outside so you’re out of the house while gas is still leaking.

Call for Help

If you have the number for your utility company, call them to tell them you suspect a gas leak. If you don’t have that number on hand, call 911. They will alert emergency services and your utility company that they may be a dangerous leak.

Stay Outside

Even when help arrives, do not head back inside with them. Instead, wait outside and follow instructions until you’re told it’s safe to go back into your home.

Seek Medical Attention

If you feel lightheaded, nauseous, or dizzy, you may be suffering from the effects of breathing in the gas from your home. If that’s the case, you should seek medical attention to avoid further health risks.

It’s important to have your gas appliances installed by a professional to reduce the risk of a gas leak. The professionals at Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing are experts trained to install, repair, and maintain gas furnaces in order to keep your home and family safe.

To schedule your next service with us or get more information, call us today!