What to do if you smell gas in the house

Friday, October 29, 2010; 8:58 AM


l Go outside. If you're in a multiunit building, alert neighbors as you leave.

l Don't touch switches; they could create a spark. That includes light switches, televisions, phones (including mobile phones) and fire alarms.

l From a safe place, call 911 and the gas company. Washington Gas is at 800-752-7520. Baltimore Gas and Electric is at 800-685-0123.


l Leave the area if you notice a strong odor; hear a blowing or hissing noise; or see dirt being thrown into the air, fire coming from the ground or water bubbling at a pond or creek.

l Do not start your car.

l Call the gas company if you notice dead or dying vegetation near a pipeline right of way.

Source: Washington Gas

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