If there is a strong smell of gas, if you hear the flow of escaping gas, or if gas is leaking from a broken or disconnected gas pipe, do the following:
- Open doors and windows.
- Do not smoke, light matches, operate electrical switches or create any other source of ignition.
- Leave the premises.
- Turn off your gas meter, if you know how.
- Go to a nearby phone and call your natural gas utility, 9-1-1 or Fire Department emergency number.
In an emergency, can I shut off my gas supply at the meter?
Yes. If it is necessary to turn off your gas supply before the gas utility or Fire Department arrives, you should know the proper procedure. Give the valve a quarter turn in either direction so that the lever is crosswise to the pipe.
Can I turn the meter on again?
Leave it to an expert. Once the gas is turned off, it should be turned back on by a qualified individual who can check out the appliances and venting.