If you smell gas or are worried about gas safety, you can call 0800 111 999 at any time, day or night every day of the year. Your call will not cost you anything. Just pick up the phone, dial the number and you will be put through to a trained operator who will take all the details.
All calls to the National Gas Emergency Service are recorded, and may be monitored.
If you smell gas, call free on 0800 111 999. Don’t create a flame or operate electrical switches.
Do put out flames, open doors and windows, keep people away from the area and turn the gas off at the control valve.
What happens when someone dials the National Gas Emergency Service?
When you dial 0800 111 999, your call will be routed to the call centre.
This is a 24 hours, 52 weeks a year service – there are trained operators working round-the-clock waiting to take your call.
A call handling agent will log all the appropriate details onto a computer. The kind of information you’ll be asked for includes:
You’ll be asked a series of questions designed to help us build a picture of the reported gas escape or gas emergency. From these details, we can identify the right gas safety advice for you, such as:
All calls to the 0800 111 999 number are recorded and may be monitored
Once all the information has been gathered, it will be sent electronically to an engineer for action. How long will you have to wait for an engineer to arrive? Northern Gas Networks aims to attend all uncontrolled escapes within one hour, and all controlled escapes within two hours. A controlled gas escape is one where the person reporting it has confirmed that the gas emergency control valve serving the premises has been turned off and the smell of gas has gone. An uncontrolled gas escape covers all others. Sometimes, our engineers will be sent to a leak that has been reported outdoors. Around a quarter of these turn out not be gas leaks at all. Around 80% of the gas escapes we attend are inside buildings. That means the escape is related to internal pipework, a boiler, gas fire or other gas appliance.
Our engineers will always ’make safe’ when called to a suspected gas escape. However, the emergency service provided by Northern Gas Networks under the terms of its License doesn’t cover repairs to appliances or installation pipework which can’t be completed within 30 minutes.
Once we have made the property safe, our engineer will explain that any work on appliances (e.g. cookers, boilers or fires.) has to be carried out by Gas Safe Registered engineer. You can find details of Gas Safe Registered engineers in your Yellow Pages or Thompson Local Directory. Gas Safety Register Website www.gassaferegister.co.uk