Gas is one of the most destructive and difficult blazes there is. Knowing what to do if one breaks out could be invaluable knowledge.
The steps differ on whether the fire is from natural gas in the air, a gas cooker, or gas appliances.
Preventing Gas Fires
One of the biggest causes of gas fires is damaged containers which cause the contents to leak out and possibly igniting.
If you have combustible gas or liquid in the house, store them properly in a safe place away from any potential structural hazards.
Make sure any fuel is stored away from heat sources too since it takes a second of contact to ignite.
If you smell gas leaking in your home or work, contact gas emergency services and refrain from using open flames. Do not turn on lights or other appliances, as they can spark ignition.
How to Put Out a Gas Fire
If a fire has ignited, see if you can safely reach the source of the gas, The easiest way to end a gas fire is to cut off the supply, also known as the fire triangle.
If it is controlled by a valve, ensure it is turned fully so no more gas escapes. However, if there is fire blocking the path or you feel it may come into contact, do not attempt to turn it off.
Even if you manage to shut off valve or meter, it might not be enough to stop the fire if there is still a leak. Cutting off the oxygen supply is the best way to get rid of the fire quickly.
We cannot stress this next point enough; NEVER USE WATER TO DOUSE A GAS FIRE.
The reason is that the liquid is will spread whatever substance caused the fire.
Whether you’re at home or work, evacuate the premises immediately as gas leaks carry the risk of an explosion.
However, even if there isn’t fire when you’ve detected a gas leak, you need to contact the fire service as it could light up at any point.
Buy Fire Extinguishers
Gas fires are difficult to contend with and one of the greatest tools in tackling them is a fire extinguisher.
Introducing the Stay Safe 5-in-1 Fire Extinguisher, the innovative fire extinguisher that douses flames in seconds.
It’s an aerosol extinguisher that can be taken anywhere; it weighs little more than a bottle of fizzy drink with just 335ml of liquid in each container.
It can be easily stored easily in your kitchen draws, cupboards, as well as your glove compartment.
Firescape extinguishers use the eco-friendliest formula, so you don’t have to worry about poisoning the surrounding area.
There is no toxic material left, and clean up is easy.