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Residential Gas Explosions

Gas explosions are known as a silent threat, until they’re not. These explosions are extremely dangerous and can cause serious injury or death, millions of dollars in damage, and evacuations. Some of these accidents are preventable, so it is important to follow proper safety protocols and have gas lines and appliances inspected regularly to keep you and your loved ones safe.

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Types of Gas Explosions

Several types of gas explosions can occur, including:

Home Gas Explosions

Houses aren’t supposed to explode, but they can for a variety of reasons. Common causes of home explosions involve the following:

Gas Explosion Prevention

With the risk of gas explosions causing serious injury, your safety and the safety of your loved ones is of utmost importance. Here are some best practices for properly maintaining gas lines in your home and preventing catastrophic explosions.

Four Signs of a Natural Gas Leak:

  1. There is a strong smell of gas (sulfur-like smell, often described as a “rotten egg” smell)
  2. There are dead plants in the area of a gas line
  3. You hear a hissing or roaring sound
  4. You see a white cloud or dust cloud, bubbling water, or blowing dirt near a gas line

What To Do If You Detect Gas

Stop what you are doing

  • Do not smoke or light a match. Do not open any windows. Do not use anything that could cause a spark like a phone, light switch, appliance, or flashlight. Do not start your car or use your garage door to leave.

 

Leave the area immediately          

  • If you are inside, get out immediately. If you are outside, leave the area immediately.

 

Call 911 and the emergency line for your gas company

  • Call from a safe place and distance from your home or the area and wait for crews to arrive

Urgency of Contacting an Ohio Gas Explosion Lawyer

If you or a loved one is injured or killed in a gas explosion, it is very urgent to contact an attorney because you have very little time to investigate the root cause of the explosion. For example, your homeowner’s insurance company could attempt to process the scene first with the wrong expert. Contacting an experienced attorney can help get you the compensation you need to recover or move forward, but it is also very important to make sure the right experts get to the scene as soon as possible. Gas explosions are very dangerous and catastrophic. Call our explosion attorneys to take immediate action and be guided through the entire process: 216-285-9991.

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Reporting Gas-Related Incidents

3 million miles of pipelines supply our natural gas across the nation. However, this critical infrastructure comes with significant risks. When it comes to reporting, federal law does not require immediate disclosure of leaks to consumers or residents. Only certain leaks and incidents must be reported to the federal government. A study by the American Chemical Society estimated there are 630,000 natural gas leaks every year, just including the local distribution systems. The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requires utilities to report gas-related incidents when they result in one or more of the following:

  • Deaths
  • Injuries
  • Hospitalization
  • Property damage totaling more than $122,000

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Abdominal hemorrhage or perforation
  • Amputations
  • Angina
  • Blast lung
  • Blunt injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Bruises
  • Burns
  • Cancer from chemical exposure
  • Concussions
  • COPD
  • Crushing injuries
  • Cuts or lacerations
  • Exacerbation of respiratory illness
  • Eye penetration, globe eye rupture, and blindness
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hypertension
  • Impalement, internal bleeding, and hemorrhaging
  • Middle ear damage or ruptured eardrums
  • Organ damage and ruptures
  • Penetrating injuries
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Skull fractures
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Sprains
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Wrongful death

One thing gas explosions are not, is simple. These explosions are very complex and can have several possible liable parties including but not limited to:

  • The appliance manufacturer for making a defective product
  • The appliance seller for selling a defective product
  • The gas appliance installer for improper installation
  • The gas company
  • The homeowner
  • Coverage of medical expenses
  • Compensation for lost income if you are unable to work
  • Disability coverage for long-term injuries
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life or psychological trauma damages
  • Potential punitive damages against any negligent parties
  • Air conditioners
  • Dryers
  • Furnaces
  • Generators
  • Refrigerators
  • Space heaters
  • Stoves
  • Water heaters
  • Yes, when natural gas is mixed in the air at a concentration between 5 and 15%.
  • Gas pipes leaking
  • Confined spaces
  • Gas mixing with air
  • Increased pressure of spaces
  • Sparks, flames, or static electricity sparks
  • There are around 286 serious natural gas explosions each year that cause property damage, serious injury, or loss of life.
  • Incorrect use of a gas furnace, stove, or other appliance
  • Incorrect installation of an appliance that uses natural gas
  • Rusy, old, or damaged gas lines
  • Defective gas-operated equipment
  • Gas operated appliances are not properly maintained
  • Faulty valves or propane tank tubes that leak gas
  • Contact an Ohio Explosions Lawyer as soon as possible: 216-285-9991
    • There is little time to investigate the root cause of the explosion
    • Your homeowner’s insurance company could attempt to process the scene first with the wrong expert