gas leak

Gas Leak

In the event of a gas leak:

  1. When emergencies should arise that could, or do, involve gas equipment within the University, or if you suspect a gas leak, assess the situation for severity.  If the problem is severe, call 9-911.   Otherwise notify Environmental Services at 8827 or Campus Safety at 8911.
  2. Broken or Damaged Pipes:
    1. Assess the hazard.
    2. Call appropriate emergency services.
    3. Isolate the area.
    4. Control all ignition sources.
    5. Be prepared to initiate evacuation procedures for the area if necessary.
  3. If gas is escaping inside a building:
    1. Call Environmental Services at 8827 or Campus Safety at 8911.
    2. Ventilate the area.
    3. Shut off all open flames and turn off all electrical equipment.
    4. Shut off the outside valve, if trained to do so, and leave it off until turned on by the gas company.
    5. Be prepared to evacuate the building if there are heavy concentrations of gas.  Wait for further instruction from campus Safety or emergency personnel.  DO NOT re-enter an evacuated building until cleared to do so.
  4. If gas is escaping outside a building:
    1. Call Environmental Services at 8827 or Campus Safety at 8911.
    2. Check for gas odor.
    3. Extinguish all open flames (no smoking).
    4. Secure ignition switch.
    5. Notify others who may be affected.
  5. Gas burning inside:
    1. Call 9-911 and then Campus Safety at 8911.
    2. Shut off gas at appliance wall valve.
    3. Shut off gas at the meter only if trained to do so (these are special valves and you may not be turning the gas off...).
    4. Notify others who may be affected and be prepared to begin evacuation procedures.
    5. Spray combustibles, NOT the flame, with water, if the proper fire fighting materials are available and you are trained in their use.
  6. Gas burning outside:
    1. Call 9-911 and then Campus Safety at 8911.
    2. Let the gas burn, don't try to extinguish it.
    3. If inside and you see the gas burning outside, secure the room/building you are in.  Burning gas should not explode.
    4. Reroute traffic if necessary.