June 24, 2013
What to do if you smell gas at your home.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SMELL GAS: Do not try to light any appliance. Do not touch any electrical switch; do not use any phone in your building. Clear the room, building, or area of all occupants. Immediately call your gas supplier from a neighbor’s phone. Follow the gas supplier’s instructions. If you cannot reach your gas supplier, call the El Paso fire department. Installation and service must be performed by a qualified installer, service agency, or the gas supplier.WARNING: Gas leaks cannot always be detected by smell. Gas suppliers recommend that you use a gas detector approved by UL or CSA. For more information, contact your gas supplier. If a gas leak is detected, follow the “What to do if you smell gas” instructions. To prevent gas leaks, do not store items in the furnace and water heater closets. Each time you take something out and bang a pipe, there is the potential for a leak. Also, keep any flammable items away from these appliances because an open flame may ignite fumes or items nearby. As I inspect homes in the El Paso area, gas leaks are sometimes detected. Most of the time it is the flammables in the closets that are the concern.