What To Do If You Suspect A Gas Leak

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If you smell gas in your home or on the street or if you think you may have a gas leak, it is important that you take the correct precautionary measures.

  • Don’t turn anything electrical on or off, light switches, computer etc.
  • If work is being carried out on your home and a pipe bursts, do not operate any equipment.
  • Move people away from the area.
  • Move upwind of the area to prevent breathing the fumes.
  • Don’t use a naked flame near the leak.
  • Don’t smoke near the leak.
  • Don’t use mobile phone’s near the leak (or any other ignition sources).

 Bord Gais provide a 24hour emergency line 1850 20 50 50. 

Call them immediately and report the gas leak. Store this number somewhere that’s easily accessible. Be sure to provide accurate information on your location.


It can be hard to think clearly in an emergency. If you live in the country side, or in an area that is not easy to direct someone to, it’s a good idea to write out a list of clear directions from a well known location point and keep them by the phone at all times in case of ANY emergency.

 Once you have completed the steps above:

  • Don’t try to repair the gas leak, wait for a professional.
  • Don’t cover up the damaged pipe or area, if not correctly repaired, the gas can spread through ducts and sewers or any spaces. This could cause a potential gas build up inside a premises.
  • Even though it may seem like a good idea, do not turn off gas valves on the road or on the footpath. You can cause further problems. Wait for the professionals.
  • Assist the emergency personal as required when they arrive.

You must report all damage to gas pipes even if they do not appear to be leaking to Bord Gais Networks.

If you use a gas boiler to heat your home, it is really important that you get the boiler serviced annually to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

A regularly serviced gas boiler will operate correctly reducing emissions of carbon monoxide. It will also ensure your boiler is running efficiently and save you money on your heating bills.

Please note: It is illegal for anyone other than a registered gas installer to service your boiler.

Make sure you choose a company who are RGII registered.

If you suspect someone is operating illegally, you can report them here:

We are RGII registered gas boiler services.

For peace of mind and quality work, plus excellent service and our unique “Be there on-time guarantee” choose Gas Services to service your boiler.

For more information on carbon monoxide poisoning visit http://www.carbonmonoxide.ie/.