What do you do when a gas leak occurs? Use this lesson to talk about knowing what steps to take.
Skills supporting learning standards: analytical thinking, participating in group discussions, creating artwork to demonstrate a topic, theme, or concept
In this lesson, students will learn what to do if a gas leak occurs. Copy and distribute the activity sheet and review the information with students. After reading the passage together, have students complete the quiz on their own. Once they’re done, review the answers as a class so that students understand the correct answers and you can address any misunderstandings.
Emphasize to students the importance of telling a trusted adult if they smell gas or suspect a gas leak. They should all get away from the area and then have the adult call 911 or their gas company (Con Edison or National Grid) to report the possible leak.
Explain that they should not flip a switch, turn on or off lights, ring a doorbell, light a match, or touch or use any appliances or electronics, including phones. These activities could create a spark that could cause an explosion.
For a follow-up activity, have students create a PSA about gas safety that uses the tagline “Smell Gas. Act Fast.”
- Natural gas smells like rotten eggs.
- A white cloud, mist, or fog might appear.
- A gas leak can create a hissing, whistling, or roaring sound.
- A—Tell a grown-up, leave immediately without turning any appliances on or off, and then have the grown-up call 911 or the gas company when you are safely away from the leak.
- DO: Tell a grown-up. Get away from the odor. Call 911 or the gas company.
DON’T: Turn off the lights. Light a match. Ring the doorbell.
We also encourage you to make copies of the energy safety tips for families and send the page home with students. The page includes gas and electrical safety tips that could help keep families safe.