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[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] Hi. I'm Mike Ciampo. Welcome to this segment of Training Minutes. Today, we're gonna talk about gas emergencies. It's one of our, premier calls that we respond to, odor of gas, odor of smoke, odor of food, but gas emergencies rank right up there with our number 1 response. Well, often a gas leak is from a stove, a furnace or a hot water heater. One of the things we have to remember when we respond, is to wear a an all ppe. And a flashlight. When we come into these establishments, the first thing we don't want to do is throw the switch on the wall up, which could create a spark and then cause an explosion. You always have to worry about the upper and lower levels of flammability. When we use our gas meters, we can start at the front door, work our way in, normally in the apartments, its in the kitchen area. And we'll have a leak behind this stove. Firefighter will come in before he ventilate's or does anything he'll go for the stove, check that the burners are all off and he can take his meter and check the flex hose in back and look for the shut off. Once he shuts off the quarter turn gas valve he'll want to ventilate the apartment. Now, we still don't want to turn any lights on. We may be getting right in that right mixture of upper level and lower levels of flammability. Just ventilate, let's get the apartment clear from any gas odor. And then once it's done being ventilated, we can turn the lights back on and then inform the gas company that we shut the appliance off at the unit or for the whole building. In my hand you're going to notice a gas shutoff valve. This one was snapped. Normally firefighters are very keen on putting a halogen tool on the butterfly and quarter turning it to shut it off. Problem is, this is brass, and also if its all painted, firemen want to get right on there and crank it with the levers of the halogen, and as you can see, it snapped the butterfly off. One of the things we do to prevent this is, When you first come in, if this is heavily painted or gas meters in the apartment is you take a pliers and come over to the nut and grind off some of the paint that's been on there for numerous years. That will just help it move easier. If we do snap this off. We always wonder how to, how do we get it shut off so quickly. What you're gonna do is, you're gonna loosen up the nut all the way, to the last thread. Be careful not to have the nut fall off. And if it does, just put it back on and then we're gonna give it a tap. And as we tap it, you can notice that the flute comes out further. Now we're just gonna take that and we're gonna quarter turn it, quarter turn and we're gonna tap it back in, tightly. We're going to make sure that the butterfly is perpendicular to the pipe. When the butterfly's in line that allows the gas to flow. We'll have it tightened up, we'll come back, we'll tighten up the nut, take our pliers, we'll give it a little more torque. [BLANK_AUDIO] And we fix the gas valve and we shut it down even though the butterfly was broken off. Remember, our job's not done yet. What you'll do is, get some dishwasher detergent. Put it on here, wet it, and make sure we have no bubbles. [UNKNOWN] with means we still have a gas leak and then we may have to go back and shut the meter down. We also want to make ensure that we call the power company, gas company who ever is in charge of the service that we shut down the appliance or the building. As you can see, the gas valve is apart. What we're gonna do is we're just gonna put it back together. And this is just to show you how it's made up. Here's the flute mechanism. It will slide in. You can see that it has hole in it that permits the gas to flow through. And then when it shuts down, you can see that it's solid on the other side. So we'll insert that back in a flute. It's pushed all the way in. Then we have our safety washer that comes in. And you'll notice some of 'em do have a little tip on there where it fits in the groove and then our nut goes on. And basically we just tighten up the nut, keeping pressure to make sure the valve's closed. And we just tighten that up with our pliers to ensure it's torqued closed. [SOUND] And that's to make up the gas valve. I'm Mike Chapo, thanks for watching this segment of training minutes. [BLANK_AUDIO]

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