As a rule, gas lines and gas appliances are not something that the average homeowner should attempt to repair. Natural gas and propane can be very dangerous. Escaped fumes at the right concentration can ingnite with explosive force.
For consumer guidelines and warnings about natural gas and propane, see the article 'Natural Gas Safety Tips' for more information.
Manufacturers and Gas Companies will tell you that only qualified technicians should work on gas or propane lines and appliances. This is good advice to follow.
- If you smell gas, contact your natural gas provider or call 911.
- Leave the building until someone inspects the home to make sure it is safe.
- Do not use any electrical device, such as light switches, telephones or appliances such as garage door openers. An electrical spark could ignite the gas.
- Do not try to locate the source of the gas leak.
- Do not try to shut off gas valves or appliances.
- Do not start vehicles.
- Do not enter the building until it has been inspected.
- Your natural gas or propane supplier should have safety guidelines available on a website. Locate the information and print it out for future reference.
- Your gas supplier will likely have a Toll Free number that acts as a gas leak 'Hot Line'. Keep this number handy incase there is a problem.
- Make sure you follow the manufacturer's guidelines for using your gas appliances.
- Follow instructions carefully if you have to re-light your pilot light for any reason.