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If you suspect a gas leak, take these steps immediately:

  • Assume there’s a danger.
  • Warn others and leave the area quickly.
  • Do NOT use matches, lighters, or anything electrical (even a phone, garage door opener, or light switch) in the vicinity of the leak. A spark from these items could ignite the gas and cause an explosion.
  • Do not operate any gas pipeline valves or stop the flow of gas.
  • Leave the excavation open.
  • From a safe location, call 911 and National Grid. (See our gas emergency numbers at left.)
  • Stay away from the area until safety officials say it is safe to return.
  • Report the incident to your supervisor.

Smell Gas. Act Fast.


If you suspect a gas leak, act fast. Do NOT assume someone else will report it.