Icicles Could Cause Gas Leak

by Emily Baird on February 22, 2010 at 5:48 am

Warmer temperatures are causing icicles to melt and fall off homes, but that can cause even more problems for homeowners if they fall near a gas line.

"If one comes down and you hear any kind of hissing noise, blowing noise, or, of course, if you smell gas, make sure you open a window, get out of the house, go to a neighbor, directly call 911, and then call the gas company, " says Keely Warden of the Muskingum Valley Red Cross.

Warden says opening a window will help a home from exploding.

It’s also important to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home for cases like these.

"That way, if there’s a slow leak, the detector should go off immediately and alert you of what’s going on, " says Warden.

She says it’s important that you don’t try to fix the problem yourself but rather get as far away from the home as you can. Depending on how big the pipe is and how fast the gas is coming out, the leak can become a major fire hazard.