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What to do if you smell gas


If you smell gas indoors, don’t muck around. Do the following immediately:

  • Keep flames and cigarettes out of the room and away from the area.
  • Turn off all gas appliances if safe to do so.
  • Turn off the gas supply at the meter or LPG cylinder if safe to do so.
  • Open doors and windows.
  • Leave electrical appliances or switches as they are – a flick on or off could cause a spark and ignite the gas.
  • Don’t use your phone in the area.
  • If the smell persists, go outside to a safe place away from the building.
  • Contact your gas retailer or a licensed gas worker immediately to check the installation. Use a phone away from the gas leak.

Beware of carbon monoxide

If an appliance is poorly ventilated or faulty it can produce carbon monoxide which is poisonous. Breathing low levels of this gas can cause headaches, nausea, flushed skin, dizziness, a false sense of wellbeing, tiredness and vomiting. If you breathe in a lot over a long period of time you can collapse, become unconsciousness or even die.

Although carbon monoxide has no smell it is usually accompanied by other emissions that may produce a car exhaust smell or watery eyes. If you suspect you’ve been exposed, get outside into the fresh air and get immediate medical attention. A blood test is the only way to confirm carbon monoxide exposure. If it can be done safely, turn off the appliance, ventilate the room, and organise a licensed gas worker to check it.

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Last updated 22 July 2016