Many homes use natural gas for heat, hot water, and home appliances. There is no arguing about the fact that gas is an everyday essential. Gas leaking is a fairly common issue and has terrible consequences. It has irreversible effects on the environment and is one of the big contributors to pollution. A gas leak can also lead to many health problems.
Natural gas has no smell, which means a small leak would be impossible to detect. Dubbed one of the silent killers, you might not notice gas leaks until you start to develop health problems and often times it might be too late.
In these unusual times where we are confined to our homes due to the COVID-19 lockdown throughout the UK, it is more important than ever to be safe in our homes but to also understand the true reason we may be getting sick – we cannot blame the current Coronavirus pandemic on everything.
The reason for you may be getting sick could simply be down to a gas leak in your home as this can create Flu-like symptoms. Below, you can find some common physical symptoms that occur in people who have been exposed to natural gas.
1. Gas leaks can cause headaches
If there is a leak in your home, one of the first signs might be a headache. Most people suffer from headaches from time to time, but you should never ignore sudden unexplainable headaches.
Headaches caused by a natural gas leak are often accompanied by dizziness. If you’re suffering from both, establish if there’s a leak. You can try asking your family members if they have similar symptoms. If they do, this could suggest there’s a problem.
2. Irregular breathing
On top of causing headaches, a natural gas leak might also cause you to have irregular breathing. This symptom can be especially prominent in people who are very young or old. A natural gas leak can suck oxygen from the air, replacing it with carbon dioxide. In extreme cases, this could lead to unconsciousness.
If you’re exposed to a natural gas leak, you might also experience an extreme sense of fatigue. This is because the body is not receiving an adequate amount of oxygen. If the fatigue is because of a leak, anyone affected should recover quickly if they leave the area.
Another likely symptom is nausea. It can be much more serious when your property is closed up during the winter. Since the house is less ventilated, you’ll come into contact with a lot more of the gas, leading to symptoms of nausea.
If you feel sick while at home but the feeling passes when you are outside or at work, it could indicate a natural gas leak in your property.
5. Smells and sounds
Many gas companies add a deliberately unpleasant odour to their gas lines. This can help you notice a gas leak early. The gas is often made to smell like rotten eggs. You might also be able to hear a distinct hissing sound coming from a gas appliance. If you smell or hear a gas leak in your home, don’t delay. Call a qualified gas engineer as soon as you possibly can.
Don’t forget about your pets
Your pets can also be affected by gas leaks. If you notice redness in their eyes and a loss of appetite you should take precaution immediately. Take them to a vet and get your gas lines checked. Pets would also show signs of moodiness and dizziness like humans.
What to do if you suspect a gas leak
Call the emergency number for your utility company. But make the call away from the area of the suspected gas leak. Phones can create sparks, which may ignite the gas. Also, head to the emergency room, or call an ambulance if your symptoms are severe.
Have a certified inspector visit your home right away if you notice being extra tired without a lifestyle or medical reason – don’t presume you have Coronavirus make sure you find out the reason for your illness.
Here are a few things not to do if you do suspect a gas leak:
- Do not turn lights on or off
- Use household appliances or sources of ignition
- Keep doors closed
- Try to find or repair the leak
- Make phone calls from your house
- Assume someone else will report the leak
Contact a Gas Safe engineer
Here at GME Group Limited, we advise that if you use gas burning appliances or use natural gas for heating, make sure to have yearly inspections. Gas leaks, while dangerous, are preventable.
If you need a professional Gas Safe engineer please call us on 01435 868988 or inquire through our contact form below: