Gas Leak

Public Safety

If a Gas Leak is Suspected
  • Check house piping and appliances for damage.
  • Check for fires or fire hazards.
  • Do not use matches, lighters or other open flames.
  • Do not operate electrical switches, appliances or battery operated devices if natural gas leaks are suspected. This could create sparks that could ignite gas from broken lines.
  • If gas line breakage is suspected, shut off the gas at the meter. This should be done, however, only if there is a strong smell of natural gas or if you hear gas escaping.
  • Wear heavy shoes in all areas near broken glass or debris. Keep your head and face protected from falling debris.
  • Turn on a battery operated radio (if no gas leaks are found) or car radio to receive disaster instructions.
  • Do not use your telephone except in extreme emergency situations.
Home Electrical Circuits
  • Familiarize yourself and family with the location of the electrical breaker panel.
  • Turn off breakers for areas of concern.
  • Main breaker may be shut off if in doubt.
  • In cases of basement flooding:
  • Think before stepping in any water.
  • A shock hazard may exist even in an inch of water if an extension cord connection is on the floor.
  • If the electrical panel is upstairs, shut off all circuits.
  • If the electrical panel is in the basement, determine whether it can be reached on dry ground. If not refer to the next step.
  • Check your house electrical meter. If it is on your home there may be a main disconnect switch (breaker) next to it. If the meter is on an under- ground service, it may be in front of your home; but there should be a main breaker where the line enters the home. Shut it off!
Other Emergency Procedures