Even though natural gas is one of the safest and environmentally-friendly fossils fuels, inhaling it can be harmful and possibly fatal.
The gas leak can increase the risk of fire explosion. If there is a leak in the house, an electric spark is enough to kindle the flame.
Often referred as “silent killer,” the carbon monoxide poisoning kills about 50 people each year. Thus, educating everyone in the household is essential.
How to recognise a gas leak? Read on to know the symptoms of gas poisoning, its cause, and signs.
Causes of Gas Leak
Defective appliances, improper installation or wrong maintenance case the leak.
Always make sure a professional and Gas Safe registered heating engineer installs and regularly checks it out.
The gas leak can happen both inside and outside of the household.
Symptoms of Gas Poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisoning is very harmful to your health. A headache, sickness, dizziness, fatigue, stomach pain, difficulty breathing and confusion are the symptoms of infection.
If you or anyone in the household experience these, you need to go to the doctor immediately. Afterward, call your provider to come and check the house for gas leaks.
Signs of the Gas Leak
- Remember that the gas does not have a color or smell. Its”rotten egg”- like smell is added artificially to help you catch any leaks.
- A hissing sound coming from the equipment is another sign of the leak.
- When gas leaks outside, it throws dirt in the air or blows plants like a wind.
- The wet area of the house has bubbles when a gas pipe leaks.
- Plants near the gas leak start dying without any apparent reason.
- A flame burns above the ground.
Find which Equipment Leaks
When you notice any signs of a gas leak, try inspecting appliances that use gas, such as a water heater or a gas stove.
Afterward, check the smell near the equipment.
Once you identify the device, you need to find the leak area.
First, check any damaged connections. You might hear a sound.
But if there is no sound and the connections look right, mix a liquid soap and water. Apply on the tubes by brush. The area where the air is coming out should form bubbles.
There you go; you found it!
Install a Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Installing carbon monoxide alarms is a great way to make your household safe. Like any other alarm, these alerts when there is a certain amount of gas in the air.
Once you hear the alarm leave the house immediately and call your provider to send an engineer.
Do not use any electronics or turn the lights on or off.
Check the Appliances
Detecting gas leak isn’t always easy. There are some indications your boiler has a problem.
- Instead of blue, the flame is yellow or orange color
- The device has a brown, black or roasted area
- You smell must
- The pilot light continually blow out
- The condensation is more than normal on windows.