What to do when a gas leak in an apartment
Leakage - unplanned release of liquid, gas or bulk materials from the storage or pipeline. Also, leakage (in a figurative sense) refers to unplanned transmission of information (as a result of negligence or malicious intent).
Carbon monoxide poisoning - an acute pathological condition that develops as a result of carbon monoxide in the human body, is dangerous to life and health, and without qualified medical care can be fatal. Carbon monoxide enters the atmospheric air during all types of combustion. In cities, mainly as part of the exhaust gases from internal combustion engines. Carbon monoxide actively binds to hemoglobin, forming carboxyhemoglobin, and blocks the transfer of oxygen to tissue cells, which leads to hypoxia of the hemic type. Carbon monoxide is also included in the oxidative reactions, disrupting the biochemical balance in the tissues.
The correct course of action in extreme situations can save more than one life. That is why it is very important to know what and how to do if every minute counts.
Shram.kiev.ua has compiled a list of actions for you in case you feel the smell of gas in the apartment.
Shut off the gas pipe valve as soon as possible.
Typically, the valve is located directly behind the stove. You should not try to find the place of the leak yourself, as this can take precious seconds. Your task is to shut off the gas supply as quickly as possible.
If a gas ignites at a leak, it is strictly forbidden to eliminate the flame - as long as the gas burns, it will not explode
In this case, it is necessary to shut off the gas supply, and if there is no such possibility, immediately leave the apartment and call the fire brigade. Open all windows in the room. Draft will help get rid of the gas accumulated as a result of leakage.
Do not turn on the lights and appliances, and do not turn off those that are already working
In no case do not turn on the electricity, and also do not turn off the already working electrical appliances - remember that gas can erupt from the slightest spark. Coming out of the apartment, turn off the electricity in the panel.
Do not call from a landline or mobile phone while in the apartment
Call the emergency services or call the gas emergency service 04. To call, use your neighbors' phone or go outside to call from your mobile.
You need to wait for the arrival of specialists on the street or in a safe room. In no case can not return to the apartment until the elimination of gas leakage.
In order to avoid extreme situations involving household gas, EMERCOM specialists recommend following a few simple rules:
- Do not install or repair gas stoves yourself.
- If you find that one of the burners on the stove has gone out, do not immediately try to light it again. Shut off the gas supply, ventilate the room well, then wait until the burner has cooled and then ignite.
- Do not use a gas stove to heat the room.
- When turning on the oven, make sure that there is a fire in all the holes of the burner.
- Pay attention to the color of the flame - it should be a bright blue. Red, green or orange color of the flame is a reason to contact the gas service specialists.
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