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If I smell gas, what do I do?

If you smell gas call the Gas Networks Ireland 24 hour emergency line immediately 1800 205 050.  If you are unable to get through to this number then please call 112or 999.

  • Don’t smoke or use naked flame
  • Don’t unplug or switch anything electrical on or off
  • Never assume somebody else has reported the smell
  • Ensure gas appliances are turned off and have not been left on and unlit
  • If the smell persists, close the gas valve at the meter (if safe to do so).
  • Open windows and doors

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Gas Emergency Contact Numbers

ROI Emergency Gas Number: 1800 205 050

Northern Ireland Emergency Gas Number:0800 002 001




Gas escape procedure


Immediate action to be taken:

  1. Ensure gas appliances are turned off and have not been left on and unlit.
  2. Do not smoke or use a naked flame.
  3. Do not unplug or switch anything electrical on or off.
  4. Ventilate the area by opening windows and doors.
  5. If the smell persists turn off the gas meter, by doing the following;
    • Make sure all gas appliances are turned off.
    • Locate the shut off valve; this is usually fitted outside the meter box, beneath it, or to the side.
    • Turn the valve to the ‘off’ position, so that the lever is at a right angle to the pipe.
    • If the valve is hard to reach or will not operate call Bord Gáis Networks (BGN) on 1800 464 464 using a phone away from the immediate area of the leak.
    • If you have a large gas installation, do not attempt to turn off the gas yourself. Call BGN on 1800 464 464 immediately.
  6. Once the valve has been turned off, call the 24 hour BGN Emergency line 1800 205 050, using a phone away from the immediate area of the leak.
  7. If you are unable to get through on the Emergency number, call 999.
  8. Immediate access to the premises may be required by the Network owner.
Information that should be reported

1.  Customer’s name, address and telephone number.

2.  Where the smell of gas is most noticeable.

3.  When the smell of gas was first noticed.

4.  Whether the gas has been turned off.

5.  Is there any smell of gas outside?

6.  Are there any special instructions for access?

Telephone Helpline

A freephone national gas emergency service is operated 24 hours a day. If you are at all concerned about a gas leak, call 1800 205 050 in ROI and 0800 002 001 in Northern Ireland.

The call will not cost you anything. It is operated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All calls are recorded and may be monitored.

You will be put through to a trained operator, who will log all important details, which will then be dispatched to an engineer. It is important that you give accurate information, so that you can be given the right gas safety advice.

The information given above applies regardless of your gas supplier.

Gas Safety

1. Do not use any gas appliances that you think may have a fault

2. Ensure that all gas appliances are serviced at least once a year by a member of

RGII:  www.rgii.ie for ROI and by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer for Northern Ireland http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/help/check_an_engineer.aspx

3. Ensure that all ventilation grilles and outside flues are never covered or blocked.

4. Fit a carbon monoxide detector

5. Be aware of the position of your gas meter and mains valve.

6. Ensure that the 24-hour emergency line number is in a visible place.

Carbon Monoxide

If any of your gas appliances are faulty, they may produce carbon monoxide. This is a dangerous by product of natural gas. It is colourless and odourless.

Gas flames should be blue. If your appliances are burning orange or yellow there could be carbon monoxide present. If in doubt, you should have the appliances checked by a member of RGII:  www.rgii.ie.

For more information on Carbon Monoxide please visit www.carbonmonoxide.ie

In ROI for further information on carbon monoxide or to arrange a safety inspection please call: 1800 898 989. The carbon monoxide phone line is open Monday – Friday, 8am-9pm and Saturday 9am-5pm.

Northern Ireland customers should contact the local emergency phone number 0800 002 001 if you are concerned about a carbon monoxide related incident.

Gas Appliances

What do I do with a faulty gas appliance?
 You should report defective or unsafe gas appliances to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission(CCPC) at productsafety@ccpc.ie including the make, model, manufacturer, when and where the product was purchased and include ‘Unsafe Gas Appliance’ in the email subject line. You should also report the defective or unsafe gas appliance to the distributor/retailer where you purchased the appliance from.
Who are the CCPC?
The CCPC is one of the market surveillance authorities and the competent authority in Ireland for safety of domestic gas appliances (the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has remit for non-domestic gas appliances).
What obligations does the retailer who sold me the faulty appliance have?
Product Safety Legislation requires distributors /retailers of gas appliances to comply with a number of obligations. The distributor must ensure that before making a gas appliance available on the market


  • The Appliance bears the CE Mark.
  • The Appliance is accompanied by the required documentation and instructions to allow the appliance to be installed, operated and maintained safely.
  • The Manufacturer has carried out their obligations with regard to ensuring the product complies with the essential safety rules laid down in EU Legislation

What happens if the retailer/distributor decides that the gas appliance presents a risk to customers and/or does not comply with safety rules?
 Then they are required to:
  • Refrain from making the product available until it has been brought into conformity, that is to withdraw the product from their shelves.
  • In the case where the products present a risk, the distributor must inform the manufacturer and the Market Surveillance Authority, and they should also recall the product from customers.

Registered gas installer

What is a registered gas Installer?

A registered gas installer is an installer or service engineer, who has completed the required gas installation safety training and who has the necessary insurance to carry out gas installations to the legal standard.

Why use a registered gas installer?
  • It is a legal requirement that any work carried out on domestic gas installations must only be carried out by a registered gas installer
  • In your home safety comes first. So if you're having a natural gas appliance installed, serviced or repaired always use a registered gas installer (RGI).
  • By law, only a registered gas installer is permitted to work on domestic natural gas installations.
  • A registered gas installer is fully insured and trained in gas safety and will provide you with a conformance certificate once the work is carried out, giving you peace of mind that your installation is safe.
  • You should have your boiler and other natural gas appliances serviced by a registered gas installer once a year.
  • To find a registered gas installer in your area, call 1850 454 454 or visit the Register of gas installers of Ireland website.