What to do in the event of a gas leak
If you smell gas, or believe that gas is leaking:
DO NOT smoke or light a match
DO NOT turn light switches on or off
DO NOT do anything to create a spark
Instead, you must call Transco on 0800 111 999 (if you have a mobile phone, leave the property first, then ring Transco) and leave the property. If the meter is outside, turn off the gas at the meter and wait outside for the emergency engineer.
What to do in the event of carbon monoxide
What are the Symptoms? The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include severe headaches, dizziness, feeling sick, and a general lack of energy. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can easily be confused with:
The early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:
Chest or stomach pains
If you experience any of these symptoms while using a gas appliance, you need urgent medical attention. Severe carbon monoxide poisoning makes the body turn a cherry-red colour. Unlike lack of oxygen due to choking, for example, the body does not turn blue (cyanosis). Instead, the victim’s skin will be pink or pale with bright red lips. Carbon monoxide poisoning can affect the victim’s mental ability before she or he is even aware that there is a problem. Any effort that increases the body’s need for oxygen only makes the problem worse, rapidly leading to collapse and potentially death.
What Action To Take?
It is vital that the victim is removed immediately from the contaminated area, placed into the open air and given pure oxygen, if available. Victims should be kept at rest, avoiding exertion. You must call for an Ambulance on 999.
ARE YOU SAFE? Book your Gas Safety Check on Freephone 0800 389 0867