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What to do in a gas emergency at home

What to do in a gas emergency at home

Got gas at home? Would you know what to do in a gas emergency?

We think the following advice - courtesy of the Gas Safe Register - on what to do in a gas emergency, or if you smell gas, can’t be shared enough.

If you smell gas, take the following steps immediately:


  • contact the National Gas Emergency number: 0800 111 999

  • get to fresh air immediately, and open all doors and windows to ventilate the area

  • turn off the gas supply - if it is safe to do so - at the emergency control valve at the meter, unless the meter is located in a basement or cellar, or at the LPG bulk tank or storage vessels

  • do not turn the gas supply on again until it has been checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer

  • do not operate electrical switches (this includes turning switches on or off). Operating electrical equipment can ignite escaping gas

  • extinguish all naked flames and do not smoke

  • if you are feeling unwell visit your GP or hospital immediately and inform them that you may have been exposed to carbon monoxide

  • if the attending emergency operative identifies any concern with any gas appliances, follow the advice given concerning use of the equipment and where advised, contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to fix the appliance and check for safety

As a Gas Safe registered plumbing and heating company, XP Plumbing and Heating and our team of Sidcup based plumbers and heating engineers take our commitment to gas safety extremely seriously.

If you’ve got concerns about a gas appliance at home, whether it’s a gas oven, gas boiler gas fire or anything else, get in touch with us today.

From our base in Sidcup, our plumbers and heating engineers in our distinctive vans have great coverage across the local area - including Eltham, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Chislehurst and Greenwich - as well as further out into London and north Kent.

Get in touch with Sidcup’s XP Plumbing and Heating today.