Natural Gas Safety Tips: Before and After an Explosion

Last updated on: January 17, 2012


Natural gas explosions can be extremely devastating events. These accidents may cause catastrophic injury, substantial property damage, or even death. At Zinda Law Group, our attorneys are dedicated to helping each one of our clients recover fair compensation from incidents like these. We have the experience and ability necessary to help investigate your accident, determine who is at fault, and fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries and property damage.  

If you or a loved one has been injured in a natural gas explosion, it is important to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Call a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney at (800) 863-5312 for your 100% free consultation. As always, you are not obligated to pay us a thing unless we win your case.

natural gas explosion safety tips

Natural gas actually has no odor on its own; that is why gas companies will usually add an odorant to it. Adding the smell will allow you to detect whether there is a gas leak in your home or business. Although this safety precaution has saved thousands of lives over the years, many individuals still do not know what to do if they suspect there is a gas leak in on their property.

For example, if you walk into your kitchen and smell that distinctive odor, the first thing you might think of is to turn on the lights. That decision may prove deadly, however, as the small electric charge that occurs when you turn on the lights may be enough to set off the gas, causing an explosion.

Below are a few relatively basic safety tips that may help you avoid a gas explosion in your home or business:

  • When lighting a burner or oven with no pilot light, you should always light the match first and place it at the burner before turning the range knob.
  • If the burner flame goes out, always shut off the range knob and wait for the gas to dissipate before relighting the burner.
  • Read and understand the warning labels on all of your natural gas appliances.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, and make sure it has not expired.
  • Create an emergency plan to get out of your home or business safely if you smell gas.
  • If you do smell gas, do not use your cell phone, turn on a light, or use anything electrical.
  • Have all gas appliances, chimneys, furnaces, vents, and gas lines in your home or business inspected by a professional each year.

Unfortunately, even if you take all of the proper precautions, gas explosion accidents may still occur. For those families who may be dealing with the trauma of a gas explosion, speaking with a qualified gas explosion lawyer may offer peace of mind by answering any of your legal questions and advise you on how to proceed with a claim. The professional attorneys at Zinda Law Group specialize in personal injury cases like gas explosions. Our team can guide you through the often-complex legal system as they discuss your unique case with you.  

how to deal with trauma after the gas exploded

If you were the victim of a gas explosion, you may be dealing with physical injury or mental trauma. You may be feeling overwhelmed, confused, or distraught by the traumatic event. Below are examples of the warning signs and responses to traumatic events, different ways to cope, and where you can find help following a traumatic event. The following examples are put forth by the National Institute of Mental Health:

Warning Signs

Responses to traumatic events may present themselves immediately, or they may be delayed. Further, these responses can last days, weeks, or even months following the event. These responses may include:

  • Feeling anxious, sad, or angry
  • Trouble concentrating or sleeping
  • Continuously thinking about the traumatic event

In some cases, the victim of the trauma may need to seek professional help. This is especially true if the victim’s responses continue for a long period of time and interfere with his or her day-to-day life. Warning signs that an individual may need to seek help include:

  • Crying often
  • Having trouble thinking clearly
  • Reliving the traumatic experience
  • Feeling angry, resentful, or irritable
  • Having nightmares
  • Becoming isolated from family and friends

There may also be physical responses shown in individuals who may need to seek professional help. These symptoms may include:

  • Headaches
  • Stomach pain or digestive issues
  • Racing heart
  • Being jumpy and easily startled

Ways to Cope

If you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic event, it is important to understand that there are different kinds of coping mechanisms that may help during this difficult time. Healthy ways of coping may include:

  • Avoiding drugs and alcohol
  • Spending time with loved ones and trusted friends
  • Maintaining a normal routine
  • Staying active

Although every individual is different and everyone copes with trauma differently, following these tips may help, especially if you are unsure of how to proceed following a traumatic event.

Finding Help

If you or someone you know needs help following a traumatic event, such as a gas explosion, you should contact your local health care provider. For tips on getting the most out of the visit, you can visit the National Institute of Mental Health’s article, “Taking Control of Your Mental Health: Tips for Talking With Your Health Care Provider.” This article puts forth five tips to help you prepare and guide you on how to talk to a health care provider about your mental health; its aim is to help you get the most out of your visit.

You may also contact several different health hotlines if you do not want to visit your local health care provider. Below are examples of health hotlines you can contact if you are suffering from a traumatic event:

If you or a loved one is suffering from trauma and needs help getting through this difficult time, contact your local health provider, or one of the many health hotlines to speak to a professional as soon as possible.

where zinda law group practices

Although originally founded in Texas, Zinda Law Group now has offices across the United States. Our attorneys have helped countless individuals get the compensation they deserve in many different cities and their surrounding areas. Some of our clients have been victims of natural gas explosions. You’ll find Zinda Law Group offices located in:

  • Austin, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Waco, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Miami, Florida

If you find yourself asking: “Is there a gas explosion lawyer near me?” contact Zinda Law Group today. We are nationwide and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Other types of cases we handle

Zinda Law Group’s team of attorneys have experience in practicing in a wide array of personal injury cases. Our trial lawyers are prepared to successfully represent our clients in many different practice areas, such as:

  • Trucking accidents
  • Distracted driving accidents
  • Hit and run accidents
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Wrongful deaths
  • Dog bites and animal attacks
  • Boat accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Burn accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Ski Accidents
  • Snowboarding accidents
  • Workplace injuries

If you have been involved in a natural gas accident due to the negligence or intentional actions of another individual, company, or other entity, contact a Zinda Law Group personal injury lawyer today. We can help explain your legal rights and discuss the next steps in filing your unique claim.

Contact an experienced gas explosion lawyer at zinda law group today for your 100% free consultation

Zinda Law Group attorneys are nationwide and have the experience and skills necessary to help get you the compensation you deserve for your natural gas explosion injuries and property damage.  Our team believes that you should not have to worry about hefty legal fees on top of your already expensive medical bills and home repair costs. That is why we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that your obligation to pay your legal fees and related expenses is contingent upon a successful outcome in your unique case.

If you have been injured due to a gas explosion, contact an experienced Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today at (800) 863-5312 for your 100% free consultation. Our team is here for you and your family through this difficult time. We have the ability to answer any legal questions you may have regarding your case. Further, you will not pay us a thing unless we are successful in winning your case. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.

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