Having a gas leak in your home can be a frightening experience, especially if you do not know what procedures to follow. Home emergencies can end badly when people are not ready for the unexpected. This is why families are encouraged to have their own fire drills at home – to make sure everyone, especially children, know exactly what to do in the event of a fire.

A gas leak is an emergency; but if you are prepared and know what to do when a leak occurs, there is no need to panic.

The good news is that it is fairly easy to know when you have a gas leak. Instead of spending each day in fear, remember that gas has a “rotten egg” odor. This is added to the gas to help make it easy to notice. If you ever smell that stinking odor, you know that you have a potential problem. There are also gas detectors, much like smoke detectors, that will alert you if you have a gas leak.

Once you notice a gas leak, stop what you are doing and evacuate the premises. It can be deadly to inhale too much of the fumes, so get you and your loved ones out of the house. Make sure you do not forget your furry friends, too.

DO NOT try to use the phone in the house, shut off lights, or unplug anything. When you have a gas leak, you are in a dangerous situation. The only thing you need to do is get out of the house. Once you are safely away from the danger zone, you can then take action to remedy the problem.

Contact the appropriate people to repair the problem. You can dial 911 or contact your gas company directly. Keeping you and your family safe is the priority. The professionals will take care of the rest. Once the gas leak has been repaired and the pros have given you the “all clear”, you and your family can go back inside and resume your normal lives.