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What to Do in a Gas Leak at Home in Singapore

Do you know what it smells like? 

 

Whether you use bottled gas or piped gas in your apartment, be sure you know how to identify and what to do in case of a gas leak at home.

In fact, a gas leak smells a lot like a durian sometimes so if you’ve not brought the exotic fruit into your home, you should definitely check your kitchen

 

What to do if you smell a gas leak

  • Put out all flames and turn off the gas stove, gas valves and regulators.
  • Open all windows and doors to ventilate the area.
  • Keep a safe distance from the gas leak area.
  • Do not use a naked flame.
  • Do not turn on/off any switches or appliances.
  • Do not use a mobile phone in the vicinity.
  • Call your authorised dealer from a safe distance to report the gas leak immediately.
  • If you are using piped gas, call 1800-752-1800 from a safe distance.

 

To handle Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) safely, ensure the following:

  • Buy your LPG from authorised dealers.
  • Make sure that your LPG dealer conducts the five-point safety check on your LPG system at least once a year. This includes the hose, regulator, hose clips, cylinder and joints/connections.
  • Always keep gas cylinders upright and never keep them horizontally.
  • Keep the gas cylinder away from open flames, heat sources and electrical outlets.
  • There should not be any naked flames nearby when you are changing the gas cylinder.
  • If you need to have spare cylinder at home, do not have more than one and it should be kept upright in a ventilated cabinet.
  • Replace the gas tubing/hoses upon the expiry dates marked on the tubing/hose and replace the regulators every five years.

When cooking:

  • Your the kitchen must be well-ventilated while cooking so keep your windows open.
  • Never leave your cooking unattended or place flammable items near the flame.
  • If you can’t ignite the stove after switching on the gas valve, you should turn off the gas valve and open all the doors and windows to ventilate the kitchen for a while before trying to ignite again. This will prevent ignition of the flammable LPG cloud that is surrounding you.

When travelling:

  • Before you go on a trip abroad, turn off the gas supply at the regulator.

 

For more tips on what to do in an emergency in Singapore, refer to the Civil Defence Emergency Handbook

 

By Muneerah Bee, April 2016 

 

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