If you smell gas in your home, then you shouldn’t ignore it. A gas leak can be incredibly dangerous – a space only needs to be filled 25 percent with gas for it to explode. If you think that your gas fireplace may be leaking gas, then you should follow these steps:
If the odor isn’t too strong, then it should be safe to take the time to open a window or two in order to better ventilate your house.
- Make sure that everyone gets outside of the house. If the smell of gas is particularly strong, don’t stop to open any windows or try to investigate the smell on your own – just get your family outside to safety as quickly as possible.
- Once you’ve gotten outside, call 911 right away. If you’ve left your cell phone inside, don’t go back in for it. Go to your neighbor’s to make the call.
- Whatever you do, don’t turn on any light switches or unplug any electronics. This can lead to a spark that could cause an explosion.
Follow these steps if you think that there is a gas leak. For additional fireplace safety tips, contact us at Valor Fireplaces today.