If you smell gas, there are several steps you should take. Calling the National Gas Emergency Service helpline on 0800 111 999 will help you to make sure that the right steps are taken to keep you safe.

But before that, doing the following will help keep you and your home safe:

  • DO open doors and windows to get fresh air in and ventilate the property.
  • DO turn off the gas at the mains tap. This can usually be located near the gas meter and has a handle that can be turned 90 degrees (a quarter of a circle). If the gas leak is in a cellar or a basement, don’t enter and instead evacuate the building.

If you smell gas or think you have a gas leak, it’s important that you don’t do any of the following as these could put you in more danger:

  • DON’T turn any power or light switches on or off.
  • DON’T light any sort of flame inside the property.
  • DON’T use any appliances that could cause a spark.

Sometimes a gas leak can cause dizziness, fatigue, nausea and headaches. These symptoms should ease when you leave the property, however we advise that you visit your GP as a precaution if you’ve been exposed to a gas leak.

If you find yourself with these symptoms but can’t smell any gas, it could be a sign of a carbon monoxide leak. Read this carbon monoxide guide to find out more.