Hazardous Odors and Leaks

Report any gas leak to Security, ext. 2111 and/or 9-911.

Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Building name
  • Nature of the incident
  • Floor or area affected
  • Room number
  • Type of incident
  • The name of the chemical or gas

Should you detect any hazardous odors or an odor of gas, dial Security, ext. 2111. Security will send someone to check on the problem.

In the event of gas leaks from gas cylinders or piping:

Evacuate the area and dial Security, ext. 2111 and/or 9-911 and wait for further instructions.

If it is an explosive gas (i.e. natural gas), do not use or activate items that can generate a spark in the general vicinity. Light switches, fire alarm pull stations, phones, elevator cards, etc., can all initiate a spark with resultant explosions.

Confine any fire or fumes to the extent that you can by closing any doors to the affected area if you can safely do so. This will help limit the impact of the leak or fire.

Notify others in the immediate vicinity, if you can safely do so.


If it is necessary to evacuate the building, activate the building¹s fire alarm and leave the building. Because of the danger of generating a spark, do not activate the fire alarm if it is an explosive gas such as natural gas. If it is an explosive gas, such as natural gas, exit lower or upper floors via the stairwell. Do not use elevators.

Confine any fire or gases to the extent possible by closing the doors behind you as you leave. This will help limit the impact of the leak.

Notify others in the immediate vicinity.

Upon exiting the building, maintain a safe distance from the building.

Leave adequate room for emergency personnel at the scene.

Do not return to the building until given approval by emergency personnel. If you have information about the source of the odor or leak, report in person to emergency personnel.