Gas Leaks

A gas leak refers to the seeping of natural gas, frequently through a pipe, which can endanger the lives of those in the area. While the fumes may cause health problems, the larger problem is the potential for an explosion because natural gas is highly flammable.

Individual and Group Safety Information

The following are important safety considerations during a gas leak:

Initial Assessment

  • Do not spend undue time assessing the release.
  • Report injuries.
  • Provide as many details as possible to the university police dispatcher (the identification of the source of the release of gas, chemical or substance).
  • Provide your location and the location of the odor to the university police dispatcher.
  • Clear the area immediately, providing assistance to those with special needs.
  • Notify others to leave other areas in close proximity to the location.
  • Report to your department's designated gathering point, a safe distance away from the affected area.
  • Have laboratory manual available for additional guidance.
  • Notify the program manager responsible for animal safety precautions within any animal-based university research labs. The program manager is responsible for ensuring the continuity of this research and academic programming.

Source Control

  • If known, identify emergency shutoff devices before exiting the affected area.
  • If release occurs indoors, close doors and windows and turn off HVAC systems.

Evacuation of Building or Area

  • Do not use elevators.
  • Move to a safe distance away from the gas leak area.
  • Do not smoke or use a cigarette lighter anywhere near the area of the gas leak.