It hits you: the rotten egg smell of natural gas. Is it really that big of a deal? And if it is, what exactly are you supposed to do about it? Whether the smell is somewhere in or around your home or you notice it in your office, it’s important to remain calm, get out of the immediate area, and report the smell to your local utilities operators.
Many people panic at the words, “gas leak.” While a gas leak can be a serious problem, it’s important to keep a cool head as you go about reporting it. The best thing to do for yourself is to vacate the area where you suspect a leak. Don’t worry about finding your gas shut offs or switching off any electricity. Instead, gather anyone nearby and walk a safe distance from where you suspect the leak to be. Walk rather than drive as starting your car could be dangerous if gas is leaking near your car. Any accidental sparks, including static electricity, could lead to a fire or an explosion.
Once you are a safe distance from the area where you suspect a leak, it’s time to call the professionals. Connect with the experts at MBS and report the leak if you reside in California. You can also call your utilities provider. Usually, they have a special line dedicated to gas leaks but if not, an operator will connect you to the right department. Utility companies take gas leaks very seriously. Help will arrive quickly and they will give you further direction on how to act in the event there is a serious problem. You might also consider calling 911 to come help vacate the area in the event of an unexpected issue.
Once MBS or your local utilities provider has checked for gas leaks with sophisticated gas leak technology, you’ll be faced with one of two scenarios. Either you’ll be told that the area is safe or you’ll be asked to vacate until the area has been made safe. You should never re-enter an area that has not been cleared of a gas leak as this can be very dangerous.
At MBS, we have helped hospitals, schools, commercial clients, and even California utilities with gas leak detection and prevention. Remember: preventing a disaster is far easier than reacting to it. We have extensive experience and state of the art equipment to help determine and manage gas leaks including services like:
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