What to Do If You Smell Gas
Fire Safety Dispatch
January 24, 2019
Signatures of a Gas Leak
- A distinctive odor similar to sulfur or rotten eggs
- A white cloud, mist, or fog, or bubbles pushing out of standing water
- A roaring, hissing, or whistling sound
What to Do
Immediately call Public Safety at 212-305-7979.
For faint odors, remain calm:
- Make sure the burners on all gas appliances are completely shut off.
- If in a laboratory, check that all gas valves are in the closed position.
For strong odors, evacuate the building or area:
- Immediately call 911 and Public Safety from a safe, unaffected area.
- Identify persons with mobility-related disabilities and provide assistance or notify FDNY on their arrival.
- Ventilate the area if possible by opening windows.
- Leave ventilation systems such as building ventilation and fume hoods operating.
What NOT to Do
- Do not use the phone in the area of the leak.
- Do not turn the light switches on or off.
- Do not activate the fire alarm system.
- Do not turn electrical equipment on or off.
- Do not use elevators in the area.
- Do not return to the evacuated area until advised to do so by FDNY, Public Safety, or Fire Safety staff.
In emergencies, always call Public Safety at 212-305-7979 and 911.