Consumer » In an Emergency
If you have a natural gas emergency in the Whanganui or Rangitikei region, call GasNet on 0800 349 2050 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Please note that GasNet will not charge for attending a call out or making a situation safe so if you are in any doubt call us, we are just a phone call away.
If you suspect your gas installation or appliances are faulty or leaking (even if you cannot smell gas), turn off your gas supply immediately at the meter and contact a gasfitter. If you still smell gas a few minutes after turning off the supply call your retailer or GasNet on 0800 349 2050 and follow the advice below for Smell of Gas Inside a Building.
To turn off your gas supply, turn the valve handle in the clockwise position until it stops in the horizontal position (level with the ground). Some valves do not have a handle so you will need a spanner. For further information see Turning off the Gas Supply on our Safety Information Overview webpage. If you smell gas from or around the gas meter, turn it off immediately and call your retailer or GasNet on 0800 349 2050.
If you smell gas inside a house or building:
If you smell gas outdoors:
If it appears that the gas supply has stopped and an appliance does not work, first check to see if any other appliances are affected. If those appliance(s) still operate, contact your licensed gasfitter to attend to the faulty appliance. If all appliances appear to be affected, check your gas meter control valve to ensure this has not been turned off. If the valve is still turned on then contact GasNet on 0800 349 2050.
If you notice damage to any of our pipes or meters please contact GasNet on 0800 349 2050 as soon you can, especially if the damage has resulted in a gas leak. Any information about who caused the damage, how and why it happened would be appreciated, but the most important thing is for us to find out about an incident and fix it before someone gets hurt, or worse.
We understand if a caller prefers to remain anonymous in reporting damage, and we will honour that wish. On every occasion our priority is to make safe all hazardous situations.
When a gas leak or other emergency has been reported, a qualified GasNet Technician will be assigned to attend to the situation. GasNet aims to attend all emergency call-outs within one hour of receiving a report; in many instances the response will be much quicker.
Once on site the Technicians priority will always be to “make safe” before any consideration is given to what action might be appropriate to fix the problem.
Where a gas leak is found on the consumer owned pipework (after the gas meter), the Technician will advise the occupier of the need to arrange for a Certified Gasfitter to fix the fault prior to the supply being restored. Any faults found on the network or the meter installation will be resolved as soon as is practically possible, given the nature of the fault.
On occasions when our Technician’s are called to a leak that has been reported outdoors they are unable to find any trace of a gas leak. There are a number of reasons why this may occur, but the sensitive detection equipment operated by our Technicians gives us every confidence that any natural gas will be detected. Where a report of a smell of gas cannot be confirmed, our Technicians will frequently re-visit the location at a later time and conduct a further survey of the area.