Q&A: Gas leak. What should we do / have done?
Question by jaye: Gas leak. What should we do / have done?
Someone left the gas on all night and the morning shift caught it after 9 hours. The entire 2 story building was filled with gas and the adjacent office areas were filled with gas also due to the a/c system. The office and storage areas (where the big machines operate !!) don’t have extractor fans so after leaving windows and doors open for 3 hours there was still pockets of gas in the building
that we could not get out.
No one bothered to call the fire dept. because of “protocol” and fear of being fired for not following it. Security guards, maintenance, and even some “head of safety” guy were all present, but no one from the gas company or emergency services were called.
This building is home to a science lab where there are dangerous chemicals in vast amounts. What would have been the best thing to do and exactly who would handle something of this nature?
Answer by N2O Addict
This can be a highly dangerous situation when the gas mixes with the oxygen in correct proportions and can spontaneously explode. The best thing, and the only thing to do is firstly cut off all electrical power to the lab or affected rooms, open all windows and doors and wait a day before entering the room again. By then all the gas would have went into the environment outside and the room would not be a timebomb anymore.
The best thing to do is to call the police and fire dept.
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