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What to do if you smell gas: 5 urgent measures that can prevent an explosion


If signs of a gas leak are perceived, the worst option is to ignore them. Acting fast and taking basic precautions can save lives.

Slighter or more noticeable, the sense of smell identifies it instantly: there is a "

gas smell


That implies that at any moment an explosion could occur.

And that we should 

act fast

to try to avoid it.

However, sometimes people are slow to react or ignore the signs, either because

they underestimate

the danger

they are running or fear that their supply will be cut off.

The consequences can be from

very serious material damage



human losses .


destructive capacity

of incidents due to gas leaks was once again revealed this Saturday at noon, when a terrible explosion in Villa Devoto left

two houses

 practically reduced to rubble, causing the

death of a 76-year-old neighbor

, injuring a gas operator Metrogas and significant damage in the surroundings.

In the place they had 

reported the smell of gas


The houses on Pedro Morán street, in Villa Devoto, destroyed after the explosion on Saturday.

Photo: Enrique Garcia Medina.

Given the commotion caused by this episode, the causes of which are still being investigated, many began to think about

what exactly they should do


they smell gas

in their home, to avoid a similar disaster.

And also what mistakes should not be made.


 consulted the AMBA gas distributors -




and the National Gas Regulatory Entity (Enargas).

He also reviewed what was indicated for these cases by the Council of Volunteer Firefighters Federations of the Argentine Republic.

Below are the main recommendations, summarized in a

practical guide


Gas leaks: causes and consequences

Gas leaks can occur for

different reasons

, among which are mentioned from


from misuse to

damaged artifacts



in poor condition due to age, lack of maintenance or having inadequate materials.

They are also sometimes produced by errors of those who carry out

works on public roads


Natural gas, a hydrocarbon made up of a mixture of gases, originally has no odor.

But the companies, before sending it to homes, add what we recognize as a "gas smell" - an 


- precisely so that users can

warn if there are leaks


Gas leaks can also create a



puffing noise

that should also be a warning sign​. 

The consequences can range from






, since in closed places natural gas begins to displace oxygen.

They add a characteristic aroma to the gas so that people can notice the leaks.

Photo: Martin Bonetto.

Step by step, what should you do if you smell gas at home: 5 urgent measures

In the event of a

minor gas leak

, which generates only a

slight odor

, it is recommended:



Close the gas

stopcock and verify that each device is turned off and closed.



Ventilate the rooms

 by opening doors and windows, so that the air circulates.


Turn off electrical appliances


It is convenient not to use the elevators either.



Do not smoke

or put on fire, even if the smell seems to have diminished.

Keep in mind that even a small spark can cause an explosion.



Call a

registered gas fitter as soon as possible to locate the leak and fix it.

For its part, if there is

a strong gas smell or a


is heard

, it may be a very dangerous leak.

In this case, the indication is to directly 

evacuate the home


 (without turning on the lights),

call the

distribution company and not re-enter the home until the technicians confirm that it is safe to do so.

In the face of these emergencies, on any day and at any time, Metrogas


should call




users have the free line


or 11-4754-1137

available .

The Enargas, for its part, attends at


to advise or intervene if the claim is not adequately answered.

Basic advice to prevent incidents due to gas leaks

-Make an annual review of the home's gas installation and all appliances.

-Hire only 

registered gas fitters

to install appliances and do maintenance.

-Always prefer balanced draft


(mandatory in bedrooms) instead of those that lack access to the outside.

-Install detectors that alert to the presence of natural gas and carbon monoxide.


permanent openings

(grids) that ensure the entry of air.


leaving on a trip

, close the stopcock.

-Before any


on public roads, ask that the location of the gas pipes be verified with the distribution company.

If the gas is released into the environment and is not ignited, it can be very dangerous.

Photo: Andrés D'Elia.

Carbon monoxide leaks, the other threat

Gas users should also be very vigilant to prevent another serious problem: carbon monoxide


, a

poisonous gas

that—unlike natural gas—

has no odor


It is imperceptible and does not generate explosions or fires, but it can cause very severe poisoning or even death.

This is why he is known as the "

invisible assassin


Carbon monoxide invades the home by surprise when devices such as stoves, water heaters or kitchens begin to have


(incomplete) combustion, this is not repaired in time and, on top of that, the house does not offer this poison any escape route to the outside .

What are the

warning symptoms

, what to do if they appear and the main prevention tips can be read in this note.


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