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What to do if you smell gas

Gas situations are complex and expert help should be sought. Please report possible gas emergencies to Security on 01225 383999

Reporting the problem

When reporting a possible gas situation please provide the following information:

  • The location of the problem
  • The nature of the problem
  • Your name and contact details

All reports should be made to the Security Team on 01225 383999

Safety Action to be Taken

When you think the gas leak is indoors

  • Turn off the gas supply if possible, this is usually near the gas meter
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not use electrical switches
  • Do not set off fire alarms
  • Do not create any sources of ignition (including use of mobile phones)
  • Open windows and doors
  • Leave the building and wait outside for a gas engineer to arrive

When you think the gas leak is outdoors

  • Close doors and windows next to the external gas cloud
  • Keep people and sources of ignition away from the danger area

Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning

There is very little risk of CO poisoning within the University Accommodation. The gas fired heating comes from from a district heating main or single building plant room. Gas appliances are not fitted throughout buildings.

Although carbon monoxide itself is odourless, there may be a report of fumes or similar. An immediate response is critical.

Six main symptoms to look out for

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Breathlessness
  • Collapse
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness

Action

  • Turn off the gas supply and appliances
  • Open windows and remove all persons to a well-ventilated place
  • Get immediate medical attention (call an ambulance)
  • Request a first-aider from Security on University extension 666 for a landline