There are two types of gas leak that could affect your home. The first is carbon monoxide gas. Carbon monoxide gas is what your boiler expels when it burns the natural gas it needs to heat your water.
It is a gas that is very difficult to detect, as it is odourless and cannot be seen with the human eye. The second type of gas is the natural gas that supplies your boiler or water heater.
This is also odourless, however, for safety reasons; the gas supply companies add a rather unpleasant smell to it so that a leak can be detected. A leak of both gases is dangerous, however, a natural gas leak has the potential to do a lot of damage to a wide area and should not be ignored.
If you Suspect a Natural Gas Leak
So, there is a rather unpleasant smell emanating from somewhere in your home or the periphery. This smell is likely to be caused by a natural gas leak, and should be reported to the relevant authorities and emergency services as soon as possible. In order to minimize the risk of ignition of this gas, there are a few things that you need to do.
If the leak is in your home, it is important to avoid causing sparks or other sources of ignition. Therefore, do not turn on any lights, and under no circumstances should you attempt to light a cigarette.
In order to help to dissipate the gas in your home, open as many exterior doors and windows that you can, also try and shut off the main gas valve to your home if you can find it.
Once you have done as much as you can, get out of the property (if there are other people or pets in the property, you should evacuate them at the earliest opportunity) and wait for the authorities.
Dealing with a Carbon Monoxide Leak
A leak of carbon monoxide will not cause an explosion, however, it can cause serious illness and even death. Unfortunately, there is no odour to detect a carbon monoxide leak, nevertheless, there is one thing that you can do in order to lower the risk to your health.
And that is, to buy a carbon monoxide detector with an audible alarm, as this is the best way to detect a leak, and possibly save your life.