gas at home, then this is for you. A gas
explosion is a deadly and dangerous event that occurs when there’s a gas
leak combined with an ignition source. Over the months, several families and
people have been killed in gas explosions. A few dangerous conditions are
responsible for most home gas explosions. No gas leak is too small to be
Improper use of gas furnace, appliance-includes leaking due
to gas lines being hooked up incorrectly
Old, worn-out, rusty gas lines coming from the street into
Violations of codes and standards governing the safe
handling of gas or propane
Faulty manufacturing procedures used in building gas tanks
Utilizing sub standard gas product
Compromised cylinder as containers gradually corrode and
puncture the containers, leading to holes through which gas can leak.
A spark can ignite gas leaks. For example, cooking equipment, such
as a natural gas stove, uses a spark to set the natural gas ablaze. If the room
is full of gas, the spark can ignite the gas and smoking
Keeping in a confined space as the pressure can build up and
damage the containing structure. Confinement increases the temperature generated
by the gas explosion. In open space, the gas can expand out and dilute.
be difficult to detect. If a leak is not discovered in time, it could lead to
an explosion or make anyone present on the property extremely sick. Pay
attention to sights, sounds, and smells to determine if gas is leaking inside
or outside your home or business.
Beware of smells. Although odorless, a
chemical is added to natural gas so it can be detected. An indoor gas leak can
smell like rotten eggs.
Listen for sounds. Strange noises coming from
your gas equipment can indicate an indoor gas leak. A hissing or high-pitched
sound like a whistle have been described in outdoor gas leak cases.
Be aware of your environment. Be alert to dirt
blowing in the air, which is indicative of a possible outdoor gas leak.
use any electronic devices, electrical switches or outlets near a gas. These
can spark igniting gas.
you discover gas leakage call the fire department or gas expert.
may not smell a leak, for various reasons, but you may be able to see or hear
work, moving or other activity disturbs gas appliances in any way check all the
gas connections and joints.
smoking near gas stoves or furnace
you think you have found a leak it can be confirmed by spritzing the
connections and joints with a soapy water solution. If a leak is present it will create soap
bubbles that are easily seen. If you observe dirt or water being blown
into the air or hear a whistling, hissing or roaring sounds, get away
immediately and call the fire department.
gas cylinder in open area