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Do you know what to do if you smell gas?

Just before 9am on Friday 11th August, a suspected gas explosion ripped through a semi-detached house in Rosslyn Avenue, Sunderland, completely destroying the home and heavily damaging the property next door.

At this point the cause of the explosion is unclear. Investigations by Northern Gas Networks (NGN) are ongoing as a matter of urgency.

While it would be unwise to speculate about the exact cause of the blast, there are a number of things you can do if you smell gas within your residence. The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) offers the following advice on what to do if you smell gas:

1) Never ignite a naked flame / strike a match etc.

2) Never touch any electrical appliance (including light switches) as even the slightest of sparks can cause an explosion.

3) Put out naked flames.

4) Open doors and windows to ventilate the property.

5) Turn off the gas supply at the meter using the control valve.

6) Keep people away from the affected area.

7) The National Grid operates a free emergency 24 hour telephone number if you detect gas. Call them immediately to report the gas leak and for advice on 0800 111 999. Deaf or hearing impaired can use minicom / textphone on 0800 371787.

If you have a gas appliance which you suspect may be faulty, don’t delay, get a qualified, accredited Gas Safe engineer out immediately. You can find Gas Safe registered engineers in your area by visiting the CIPHE’s find a plumber tool or by visiting