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If you think you could have a gas leak you'll need to turn off the gas supply at the meter.

Find the gas Emergency Control Valve. This is often outside in a meter box. If not, look under the stairs, under the kitchen sink and in the garage.

Turn the Emergency Control Valve's handle a quarter turn so the lever is at 90 degrees to the Emergency Control Valve's body.

How to turn off your gas supply

  • Open all windows and doors.
  • Don't turn electrical switches on or off - including your TV, computer, oven, etc.
  • Put out any naked lights (flames), eg your hob or candles. Don't smoke, strike matches or do anything that could cause ignition.
  • Open any electric doors or gates manually.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless gas and exposure to it can be fatal. It's produced when products containing carbon, typically fossil fuels, are burnt without enough oxygen.

To prevent this, boilers and central heating systems need regular servicing. A carbon monoxide detector - although not an alternative to regular servicing - will monitor the area it's fitted in and provide an early warning if something is wrong.

The symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be similar to flu. If you suspect Carbon Monoxide poisoning you may suffer from:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • General lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Flu-like symptoms that appear to get better when you are away from the area

There's nothing more important than your safety. So if you are concerned about Carbon Monoxide, please call the Gas Networks Ireland 24 Hour Emergency Line immediately on 1850 20 50 50.

What to do if you don't have electricity

Check your trip-switch(s) or fuse(s) to see if there is a fault with your wiring or an appliance.

Check if your neighbours are affected. If so, it's possible the power is off in your local area so please contact your local electricity network operator, details are shown below - they should be able to give further guidance and say roughly how long the power will be off for.

Turn off appliances, but keep one light on so that you know when the power comes back on.

The Electricity Network Operator is ESB Networks:

Republic of Ireland is:
ESB Networks
1850 372 999
www.esb.ie

Safety advice if you are without electricity:

  • Don't use your gas cooker to heat your home - they are not designed for this purpose and this can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Be careful with other forms of heating and lighting, such as paraffin heaters and candles.
  • Turn off your gas supply - to turn off your gas supply, you first need to locate the gas isolation valve. In newer houses, the gas meter and isolation valve are often outside in a meter box. If not, try looking under the stairs, beneath the kitchen sink or in the garage.

To turn off the gas supply, simply turn the handle a quarter turn so the lever is at 90 degrees to the upright gas pipe.

Remember, if you smell gas, open doors and windows and never operate any electrical switches. 

You should then call the Gas Networks Ireland 24 Hour Emergency Line on 1850 20 50 50.

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