If you smell gas, you’ll need to evacuate everyone from your building before calling 911, your gas company, and an emergency plumber. Commercial building owners can be held liable for natural gas leaks, especially if someone was injured or killed.
Fortunately, your utility company adds a bad smell to natural gas so you can detect a leak as soon as possible.
Continue reading to learn what you should do in the event of a natural gas leak.
Know the Signs of a Gas Leak
Not all gas leaks are detected right away. While your utility company adds a bad smell to natural gas, some people are unable to smell it because of their age or medications they’re taking.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you own a commercial building, it’s important you know how to respond to emergencies and pass this information along to leaseholders. That way, leaseholders will also know how to respond to a natural gas leak in your absence.
Signs of a natural gas leak:
- Sulfurous smell like rotten eggs
- Hissing, whistling, or roaring sound near gas line or appliance
- Damaged connection to gas appliance
- Dry patch of grass (if rest of lawn is healthy)
Evacuate Everyone from Building
Tell everyone that you smell gas and that they’ll need to evacuate for their safety. If possible, open windows as you exit the building so natural gas is able to escape outside and dissipate. The more natural gas builds up, the higher the risk of an explosion. If the smell of gas is strong, don’t bother opening windows. Just get outside as soon as possible.
Similar to how you would during a fire drill, direct people a safe distance away from your building in case it explodes. For example, a safe meeting place could be in a parking lot across the street.
Since natural gas is highly flammable, you should never create a spark or flame if you suspect a leak. Likewise, you’ll want to avoid turning on or off light switches or other electrical components that could create a spark.
Call 911 and Gas Company
Once you leave your commercial building, don’t go back inside for any reason. Call 911 and wait for help. Your local fire department will be able to enter your building and find the source of the natural gas leak. You’ll also need to call your utility company to confirm the leak and stop gas service.
Call Emergency Plumber
You won’t be able to resume gas service until the problem is fixed. Fortunately, our plumbing contractors have experience repairing gas lines for office buildings, dental practices, schools, restaurants, churches, malls, and other commercial buildings. Once we’re done with gas line repair, you’ll be able to resume service and business as usual.
Our Caledonia emergency plumbers are dedicated to keeping customers safe. We offer a full range of commercial plumbing services. To request your quote for gas line repair, call K&S Plumbing Co. at (616) 698-6790.