When You Smell Gas

When You Smell Gas

What to Do When You Smell Gas

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There are a number of steps you should take if you think you smell gas.

Below are tips on what to do – and what not to do – if you suspect a gas leak.

If you smell gas inside, get out immediately and call 911.

If you suspect a leak outside, turn off and abandon any motorized equipment you might be using.

What To Do:

  • Leave the area quickly.
  • Warn others to stay away from the area.
  • From a safe place, call 911.
  • Remain outside until we can send someone to check on the source of the odor.
  • An odor of gas outside your home should be reported just as you would report an inside odor. Gas leaks from service lines could migrate into your home through walls or drain lines.

What Not To Do:

  • Don't light a match or candle, or operate anything that could cause a spark, including cell phones, lights, appliances, flashlights, power tools, etc. Don't open the windows and doors in an attempt to ventilate.
  • Don't try to find the leak yourself or operate pipeline valves.

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Emergency Number: 1-888-460-4332


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