Natural Gas Leaks Lawyers
Natural gas is a petrochemical product manufactured from crude oil. This hydrocarbon mixture is made up of methane, carbon dioxide and other toxic materials. Natural gas is a vital component of the United States' energy supply. This is the substance that is used to provide heat and electricity in homes and buildings. Natural gas is commonly used in homes, but it is a toxic material. How is it used so frequently without endangering people? The natural gas is secured inside of pipes. There are different types of pipes that are recommended for safe containment of gas in homes. For example, when gas pipes are needed indoors, copper pipes may be used. When gas needs to be transported from the main supply to the home, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes may be used.
Natural gas is actually virtually odorless on its own, but is laced with a sulfur smell so that residents can tell when there is a leak. Natural gas has the potential to kill someone if it is inhaled, even though it is one of the safest and cleanest fossil fuels. Natural gas supplies power to gas stoves, water heaters and a variety of other home appliances. How can a homeowner ensure that their gas pipes are in good working condition? Unfortunately, some residents do not realize there is a gas leak until it is too late. Inhaling excess amounts of natural gas can result in near complete lack of oxygen and asphyxiation.
Gas Leak Grades
There are three grades of gas leaks, according to the Gas Piping and Technology Committee. Grade 1 leaks require immediate action. For example, scenarios in which leaked gas has ignited, the lower flammable limit has reached 80 percent or greater or when the leak can be seen, heard or felt are all considered Grade 1 leaks. Grade 2 leaks are non-hazardous but they should still be repaired as soon as possible. Typically, Grade 2 leaks require corrective action within six months. Grade 3 leaks are those that have a lower flammable limit of 20 percent in a confined space. There are other criteria for Grade 3 leaks, but these are the least troublesome.
Gas leak in your home? Here's what to do!
If you sense that there is a gas leak in your home, refrain from flipping on any switches, as the slightest energy source could ignite the gas that has leaked into your living space. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 500 people die each year in the United States because of unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. This is why it is so important to take the proper precautions and respond correctly when you sense a gas leak. One thing that every family can do is place a gas detector in their homes. These carbon monoxide monitors are designed to sound an alarm even when trace amounts are present. If natural gas in your home exceeds more than 30 parts per million, you have crossed into the dangerous zone.
If a gas leak in your home caused you or your family to become injured, then you may be able to take legal action. Sometimes, gas leaks in homes are caused by faulty piping or poor installation. If a construction or gas line company's negligence resulted in a carbon monoxide leak in your home, then please consider contacting a Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer. At Zinda Law Group, we are passionate about the rights of victims, and can fight to see that you get the financial compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. To learn more, please contact our firm today.