Natural gas explosions cannot be predicted, but you can take precautions

Hampshire County

Natural gas is generally safe for cooking and heating your home, but mishandling it, or pipe failures can be dangerous and even deadly.

Dozens of natural explosions set fire to more than 70 homes in three eastern Massachusetts cities Thursday.

A teenager was killed when house debris crushed an SUV he was in, and at least 13 people were injured in explosions in Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence.

22News went to Pioneer Heating and Cooling in Florence to find out how to safely deal with natural gas.

Nick Ruggiano of Pioneer Heating and Cooling said it can be very dangerous to try to install your own gas piping.

When dealing with an issue regarding natural gas, Pioneer Heating and Cooling recommend that you call a licensed professional before you try dealing with the problem yourself.

“Natural Gas is generally a safe way to heat and cook and do things in your home, but I guess the primary focus is don’t mess around with it,” said Ruggiano. “If you smell gas and think something isn’t right, do the right thing, get out and call the gas company immediately.”

Ruggiano said you should never have to turn your gas system off and if you smell gas in your house, hear the sound of gas escaping, or see signs of a leak, don’t try to shut it off.

Just gather up your family and pets and get out of the house.

If you suspect a gas leak, once you’re safely out of the house, call 9-1-1 and then your gas company.

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