There are various types of gases used as energy inside homes across the US, including natural gas and propane. However, gas can present significant dangers when used inside the home, particularly if the equipment is faulty or not installed correctly. Explosions can lead to devastating injuries and property damage. Here, we want to discuss the steps that you can take to prevent gas explosions in your home. The better you understand the known risks associated with gas energy sources, the better off you will be when it comes to protecting your family and your property.
Data available from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows us that around half of all homes in the country use natural gas for space heating or water heating. With so many people relying on natural gas, it is important to understand that preventing natural gas leaks is a critical aspect of preventing home explosions.
When natural gas leaks into a confined space, this creates a mixture of air and gas. As gas continues to escape, the ratio of air to gas increases along with the pressure. When the gas to air ratio reaches a certain level, the air can be ignited by even a little spark. This spark can ignite the gas and set off something called conflagration. The gas will expand as it heats, causing pressure to reach incredible levels. Windows in homes will be blown out, and an explosion could even take walls down. Any person in the vicinity will likely experience severe injuries or death.
The main causes of natural gas leaks include defective pipes, gas meters, and gas regulators. It is crucial to ensure that these items are installed properly and that they are regularly inspected and maintained. Failing to provide for the regular maintenance of natural gas apparatus could result in a significant explosion. You need to ensure that any natural gas valves or pipes inside of your home are inspected by those certified to conduct safety inspections.
Propane tanks are most commonly used outside of homes and for cooking purposes. Occasionally, propane is used for various types of heat sources. Propane is actually a fairly heavy gas, and it can cause a serious explosion in the same way that natural gas does. The main causes of propane explosions include faulty propane tanks or faulty equipment that attaches to a propane tank, including tubes or valves. If any of this equipment is defective or worn down, this could lead to a major explosion.
Even though propane tank explosions usually happen outdoors, they can still cause significant property damage and injuries. It is crucial to regularly inspect propane tanks and propane valves and meters. We suggest that you replace any propane equipment that is older or worn down as soon as possible.
In some cases, victims of natural gas or propane explosions may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer or seller of faulty equipment if that is what caused the explosion. Additionally, if the explosion occurred because of the careless installation of a gas regulator or other type of equipment, it may be possible to hold the installer responsible for what happened.