Flooding can cause havoc to a business. Unfortunately, businesses in London are not free from flood risk, as many are located in areas close to the river that are at risk of flooding in heavy rain or in times of bad weather. Flooding causes disruption to the day to day operation of your business but it can also be dangerous – particularly when it comes to gas safety. Take a look at these tips so you know what to do if your business suffers the misfortune of a flood.
1. Be Prepared
The best thing you can do for your business if you are in a flood-prone area is to arrange for a Gas Safe engineer to visit your business. They can check the premises and look at the gas connections and pipework that you have, advising on how to protect them and how to keep them working in the event of a flood. When you are looking for commercial gas services London offers a wide selection of engineers – choose a specialist in protecting commercial properties from flood damage to gas installations.
2. Act Safely When Evacuating
If you have been told that you should evacuate the business, or your home in London, you should turn off the gas supply at the Emergency Control Valve. This valve is normally found close to the gas meter itself. In some situations it may not be safe to turn it off, or you could find it stiff or broken and be unable to turn the handle. If this happens you should advise the gas emergency services and they will tell you what to do. It is also important, before you leave the property, to turn off the electricity supply to appliances if it is safe to do so. In all cases, make sure you only take these measures if you are able to do so safely.
3. Take Care with LPG
If you use LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) be careful with the cylinders and installations after a flood as the cylinders may have floated away from their attachments. Once the flood waters have subsided and it is time to start up your gas appliances again, contact a commercial LPG engineer who will be able to tell you what is safe and what you need to do to start the supply without danger. Hire a specialist commercial gas engineer London offers for these purposes.
4. Contact an Engineer Before Operating Equipment
Even if you do not have LPG, you should still contact a Gas Safe engineer once the waters have fallen and you can start operating your equipment again. You should not turn on the lights or strike a match until an engineer has checked for any leaks. It is also important that the place is checked for electrical safety after water may have affected the circuits. Gas appliances need to be checked once the water has drained away to make sure that they are safe and clean.