Natural gas tips - safety begins at home

If you think you have a gas leak, either in your home or on the street outside, its important to act quickly, leave your vicinity and contact the relevant authorities to report the danger.

You should call Gas Networks Ireland immediately on 1850 20 50 50 (24 hours/7 days) and make sure you are a safe distance away from the suspected source of the leak. You should always act quick and never assume that someone else will report the danger.

What is natural gas used for?

Natural gas is used in most houses for various appliances such as cookers, boilers and in some fireplaces.

What should I do?

  • You should regularly have all your gas related appliances checked by a professional to ensure that there are no problems or fault. This includes but is not limited to furnaces, flues, chimneys and vents. This should be done every two years at the latest.
  • The areas surrounding gas appliances should be left clear to prevent airflow obstruction. Appliances require an air-flow to ensure the pilot flame doesn’t get extinguished.
  • Make sure that there is a minimum of one multi-purpose fire extinguisher available at the property if the worst happens. +Check for the pilot flame on a regular basis to be certain that the gas appliance is functioning. In most, the flame will be blue.
  • When you are required to adjust or update the appliance, make sure that the manufacturers guides are followed.
  • You should make sure that everyone in the property are familiar with these safety tips so that everyone knows what to do if there ever is a natural gas leak.

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What should I not do?

  • Don’t use appliances for what they were not made for. An example of this would be using a stove or an oven as a heater.
  • Don’t install gas appliances yourself unless you are qualified to do so. It may seem simple to do so but there is always a risk you may not be aware of.
  • Never let children play around, or play with, gas appliances. This includes, but is not limited to gas pipes, stoves, gas fireplaces and the knobs of a cooker.
  • Refrain from using a space heater unless you are absolutely sure that the area has been completely vented of natural gas.
  • Do not store chemicals or combustible materials near a gas appliance due to the extra risk it could pose.

Remember, acting fast is one of the most important things you can do. If you smell gas, leave the area and call Gas Networks Ireland on 1850 20 50 50 straight away, don’t delay.