- Ensure all gas appliances are switched off
- Don't smoke or use a naked flame
- Don't switch anything electrical on or off. E.g. doorbells, switches or appliances
- Open windows and doors to let the gas disperse
- Check your appliances to see if the gas has been left on without being lit
If you've taken all these precautions and you still smell gas, you should turn off the gas at the meter and call the Bord Gáis 24-hour emergency number 1850 20 50 50.
The Register of Gas Installers of Ireland
has a full list of gas installers by area. It is recommended that you contact at least three installers to compare cost.
When turning off the gas, you should first ensure that all gas appliances and pilot lights are switched off. Next you need to turn off the safety shut off valve, which is normally located within your gas meter box, outside the house. The valve is off when it is at right angles to the pipe.
To turn the gas back on, simply return the safety shut off valve to its original position, which is in line with the pipe.
If you have any difficulty reaching or turning the valve, you should contact Bord Gáis Networks on 1850 200 694.
Carbon Monoxide is highly dangerous. It is a colourless, odourless, and tasteless gas that can cause illness and even death. Carbon Monoxide can be produced by the burning of fossil fuels, including by natural gas appliances, where there is poor ventilation and/or where the appliance is poorly installed, badly maintained or damaged.
For possible tell-tale signs of faulty equipment and for more information on carbon monoxide safety, please see www.carbonmonoxide.ie