If you are thinking there is a gas leak in your home, the first thing which you need to do is to open the windows to let in the fresh air. Of course, you don’t have to light a cigarette or even a candle, not even a flick on a light switch or use a telephone inside.
A spark from any of these things might cause an explosion if there is a leak or gas build up. You need to evacuate all family and pets if possible. In case you have any doubts about how to handle a gas leak, you need to call your local gas supplier for help. As gas leak is a serious matter and you need to deal with it properly.
A gas leak causes the houseplants to die.
It may not have a smell or any other physical signs. However, if there is a gas leak in the home, a person may notice the following things –
- Smell which resembles the smell of rotten eggs
- Hissing sound near the gas line
- White cloud or dust cloud near the gas line.
- Bubbles in water.
- Damaged gas pipe
- Dead houseplants
A reduction comes in the amount of oxygen in the air which causes the gas leak symptoms. These can also include –
- Breathing Difficulties
- Flu like conditions
- Irritation to eyes and throat
- Pain in the chest
- Pale skin or blistering
- Ringing to ears
Pets might be facing same kind of issues in your homes. If you have a pet, look out for signs such as –
- Breathing difficulties
- Lethargic attitude
- Changes in behavior
- Loss of appetite
- Sore throat
- Red/Watering eyes
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may also include headaches and fatigues. This kind of poisoning may also lead to symptoms similar to those which are caused by a gas leak. The carbon monoxide is emitted when gas burns incompletely.
Exposure to CO also could be very fatal and requires emergency medical treatment. As per the CDC, 5149 people have died from the unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning in the U.S. between 1999 and 2010.
Some of the symptoms of Carbon monoxide poisoning may include –
- Abdominal Pain
- Chest Pain
- Loss of muscle control
How to deal with any event of a gas leak:
In case there is a gas leak, it is vital to do the following things –
- Ensure that all the people and pets are evacuated from the house immediately.
- Leave all the doors and windows of your home open and call 911, the local fire department or the utility company’s emergency number.
- Don’t make any of the call from within the house as it may ignite the gas and cause an explosion.
- Symptoms usually could be found in people and animals as well and need medical treatment at an earliest. In cases of some severe symptoms, somebody should call an ambulance or even go directly to the hospital’s emergency department.
If a gas leak is suspected but you can’t confirm it, then do the following:
- Don’t use a phone inside the home.
- Attempt to repair the leak.
- Find the source of leak.
- Turn the lights off.
- Use candles or other sources of lights.