Storm Barra safety message from Gas Networks Ireland
As the operator of Ireland’s gas network, Gas Networks Ireland would like to reassure its 706,000 customers that it does not anticipate any disruption to gas supplies during Storm Barra.
Ireland’s gas network is one of the safest and most modern gas networks in the world and with the added security of its 14,617km of pipeline underground it is unlikely to be impacted by adverse weather conditions.
As the safety of our staff, customers and the public is paramount, we have temporarily suspended all work, except for emergency repairs, in all counties where a status red weather warning is in place.
Customer appointments scheduled for Tuesday 7 December 2021 in red alert areas will be rescheduled and our customer care team will be in contact to arrange another appointment in the coming days.
Works in orange and yellow alert areas are currently scheduled to take place as normal, but our teams will assess conditions locally and may defer some work if required for safety reasons.
Irrespective of what alert is in place, Gas Networks Ireland emergency services continue to operate as normal. If you smell gas at home or on the street, please call 1800 20 50 50 immediately.
In the event of a power cut during Storm Barra, Gas Networks Ireland is providing the following safety advice:
- Avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
Never run generators or other petrol or diesel equipment indoors, under cover or close to access points in the property such as doors, windows or ventilation points.
Never use barbeques, patio heaters or other outdoor fuel burning equipment indoors or under cover. If your power is off, it might be tempting to find alternative means of cooking and heating, but these appliances can produce large amounts of carbon monoxide and should only ever be used outdoors in a well-ventilated area.
Never use an indoor cooking appliance to try and heat a room.
If you’re lighting a fire in the grate, make sure your chimney has been swept and isn’t blocked and ensure the room is properly ventilated.
- Gas appliances may be affected during a power cut
During a power cut, gas supplies and your gas meter should continue to operate as normal. Gas appliances, however, may be affected. Although they operate by burning gas, most gas appliances rely on mains electricity for items such as pumps, fans, electronic controls and so on, so in the event of a power outage they may not operate until the power is restored.
When the power is restored, gas appliances should operate as normal, but some boilers may need to be reset. This is normally something that can be done by the customer themselves at the boiler control panel and some boilers have the resetting instructions visible on the boiler. If the boiler or other appliances are not working after power has been restored and cannot be reset, please contact a Registered Gas Installer – you’ll find one on https://rgii.ie/.
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If you have questions, please visit www.gasnetworks.ie or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 464 464 Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 8.00pm or Saturday from 9.00am to 5.30pm.