Ghastly Gases- How To Detect A Gas Leak In The Home


When it comes to Gas leaks in Melbourne and all other cities this is something we should take seriously, as some household gases can be extremely harmful to humans.

Unfortunately, they’re not always easily detected and can lead to hospitalization or even death, so it’s vital that you understand the dangers that can arise in the event of a gas leak.

Not only that but if you detect a gas leak in your home, then you should be aware of how to deal with a leak and how you can prevent them from happening.

As such, read the information below about how you can detect a gas leak and what you can do to prevent them.

Smell

The most obvious sign that there’s been a leak is if you can smell the gas.

Natural gases that can leak from your appliances have a pungent odor and if they’re escaping you’ll know about it.

People have likened the smell of gas to rotten eggs or Sulphur so you’ll know if it’s in the air. Once you’ve checked that your burners and other appliances are switched off you’ll need to cut the supply line if you continue to smell the gas.

Once the gas line has been cut you should call emergency services immediately if the smell persists.

For some odorless gases, other chemicals are added as a safety measure so that they can be detected by the human nose, thus indicating that there is a gas leak somewhere in the home.

Alarm

Not all gases have an odor which means they are almost impossible to detect.

Carbon monoxide is not only odorless but colorless too which makes it even harder to expose and can be fatal if undetected.

The only way to protect yourself from this predicament is to install gas alarms. Placing them on each floor of your property below knee level on the wall could save your life.

They need to be placed below knee level because carbon monoxide is heavier than air so it’ll generally settle below the air.

Also, don’t forget to regularly test your alarms to make sure they’re working for you.

Always ensure that you have working batteries in your alarms so they ring loudly in the event of a gas leak, as the last thing you want is for them to fail on you when there actually is a gas leak.

Color

You’ll all be familiar with the bright blue flames that emit from your gas cooker but the reason it’s that beautiful turquoise color isn’t always common knowledge.

When the gas meets the oxygen and fully combusts it turns blue which is why different colored flames should be a red flag for a gas leak.

Orange or yellow flames are a cause for concern because it means that the natural gas isn’t completely burning and could be contributing to a leak.

You should only be concerned if the flame is consistently orange and get your appliances checked straight away by a fully trained technician.

Never attempt to fix the gas leak yourself as this could be potentially hazardous if you’re unsure of what you’re doing or have never handled one before.

Summary

Being familiar with the above signs of a gas leak means that you’re already more likely to prevent one from causing any damage to your home or yourself.

However, it’ll also ensure you know what to do in the unfortunate event of detecting a gas leak, so you can leave the area and avoid inhaling potentially toxic gases.

Always remember to take any hint of a leak seriously and contact professionals should you be unsure about what to do next.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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