Gas Leaks - A gas leak can present a very serious threat to life and property that should not be ignored.
- Clear the immediate area of the gas leak. Immediately dial 3540 or (718)-636-3540.
- It may be advisable to evacuate the building (at least one block from the location of the leak).
- If feasible, identify the source and location of the leak. Notify natural gas provider.
- Shut down power in the area of the leak and any other source of possible ignition. Do not sound fire alarms or use electrical devices.
- If it is safe to do so, vent the area to allow the gas to escape.
Power Outage - We have seen an increase in power losses over wider areas because of greater usage and more demand on power grids.
- Remain calm, stay in place.
- Turn off electrical equipment, computers, air conditioners, and light switches to avoid a surge that could damage equipment when power is restored.
- Follow instructions of the Emergency Coordinator.
- If there is a need to evacuate the area, follow evacuation procedures.
- Use flashlights to guide employees if the building is in darkness.
- Open window shades or blinds if it is during the daytime hours to allow residual light from outside.
- Turn on battery powered radio for news reports and updated bulletins, especially if the power outage is wide-spread.
- Consider alternate power sources; i.e., back-up generators and uninterrupted power sources (UPS) installed on critical equipment that protects current from spikes or drops in power.