Like water, natural gas is piped from the mains into your home however the pipes used for this process are made from different materials - mild steel, low carbon steel or newer yellow polyethylene plastic. Just as every household plumbing system has a stoptap, allowing the flow of water around the home to be shut off, every gas meter has an emergency control valve which allows your gas supply to be turned off in the event of a leak.
How to prepare for a gas emergency
Ensure you're prepared for a potential gas emergency by locating your gas meter and its emergency control valve and by learning how to turn off the gas supply. The below pictures show the correct method of operation for your gas meter's emergency control valve:
What to do if there is a gas leak
If you suspect there has been a gas leak in your home, you should take the following steps:
- Turn gas off at the meter using the emergency control valve unless the meter is located in the cellar/basement.
- Open doors and windows and ventilate the area as much as possible.
- Do not smoke or use naked flames.
- Do not operate any electrical switches or appliances (turning them on/off can cause a spark).
- For properties with natural gas, call emergency services and report the leak on 0800 111 999 (24 hours per day).
For properties with LPG, call the supplier emergency number, provided by the supplier.
Where gas is concerned, it's always better to be safe than sorry so if you're unsure, treat is as a gas leak. Find a quality Gas Installer in your local area on our website at http://www.aphc.co.uk/find_an_installer.asp.