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Old 01-07-2010, 11:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Stove left on all day...house filled up with gas

Someone, somehow managed to bump into one of the knobs on the stove and turn it just enough to get the gas flowing yesterday morning. I leave the house at 6, my daughter leaves at 630 and my son leaves at 8.

I didn't smell any gas in the morning before I left the house and neither did Rose so I'm assuming my son did it when he was making hot cocoa in the microwave in the morning.

Anyway...daughter gets home at 3 and apparently noticed the smell but thought it was her hair since she had curled it? I have no idea how she came to this conclusion..but anyway. She goes about her regular routine of doing homework, watching TV, getting a snack, etc. Then at 4 my son gets home. He walks in the house and is like WTF? That's gas! So he tells Rose to get out of the house while he searches for the source. Luckily he found in quickly and turned it off before he goes outside too.

They call me and tell me what happened so I have them open all the doors and windows to get the place aired out and to stay outside til I get home.

I got home about 2 hours later and the house still REEKED of gas.

Holy shit that scared me.
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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glad nothing serious happened, go buy a lottery ticket.
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Scary shit, man
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Woah, that could have been bad. Glad it all worked out.
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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This happened to my wife and 2 week old about four months ago but they were asleep. If my FIL had not happened by and beat on the door, I would have lost them both. FD said about another five or ten minutes.
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For this reason I am skeptical to ever own anything that is powered by gas


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IT scared you yet you sent your kids BACK IN to open all the windows
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When I was a kid we lived in contant fear of this. My G'pa had really bad dimentia and would go around at night and turn on the gas whiel we were sleeping. How i'm still alive I'll never know.
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Well be glad your kids aren't secretly smoking behind your back.
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:53 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Natural gas or propane?
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:54 AM   #11 (permalink)
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IT scared you yet you sent your kids BACK IN to open all the windows
I don't know. But I figured that if my daughter had already been in the house for over an hour and hadn't passed out or blown up then what was the harm?

I'm stupid? Quite possibly.
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The quickest method would have been to strike a match and just burn the gas off.
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I'm assuming my son did it when he was making hot cocoa in the microwave in the morning.
You have a natural gas microwave?
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Be sure to air out all spaces, do not use fans unless they are explosion proof, if it was me , i would call the Local Fire deptpartment and have them run a meter through out the house to ensure it is safe..

Gald to hear the family is safe

Smart boy btw..
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That's scary as hell. Our doomafiggie on our gas water heater went out. The pilot went off, but kept pumping gas into the garage. I smelled it in the kitchen, walked into the garage, and it hit me. I had the wife and dog out of the house in less than 20 seconds. Both giving me a WTF look.

Scared the ever living piss out of me.
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You have a natural gas microwave?
I was assuming that his son bumped the stove while getting at the microwave
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You may be lucky it was with natural gas while nobody was home.

It's .6 times the weight of air, so it floats on air, keeping it away from the furnace/hwt pilot and burners.
And since nobody was home, it could have easily been over the 15% combustion range until the source was shut off and it had begun venting out. Wise to keep them out while the gas was venting.
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You have a natural gas microwave?
haha. The microwave is one of the over the stove ones. He's pretty short (13 yo) so his belly probably hit the knob when he was reaching up into the 'wave.

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Be sure to air out all spaces, do not use fans unless they are explosion proof, if it was me , i would call the Local Fire deptpartment and have them run a meter through out the house to ensure it is safe..

Gald to hear the family is safe

Smart boy btw..

Too late now, this was 2 days ago and I left the house opened up with all the fans going for about 5 hours.

And yes, I told him I am very proud of him.
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You have a natural gas microwave?
"Someone, somehow managed to bump into one of the knobs on the stove "






That being said, I make my hot cocoa on the stove
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You may be lucky it was with natural gas while nobody was home.

It's .6 times the weight of air, so it floats on air, keeping it away from the furnace/hwt pilot and burners.
And since nobody was home, it could have easily been over the 15% combustion range until the source was shut off and it had begun venting out. Wise to keep them out while the gas was venting.

I'm glad it's been warm enough here that I haven't had the furnace turned on.
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"Someone, somehow managed to bump into one of the knobs on the stove "
Didn't add up in my head is all. My microwave is 5 feet from my stove. Makes sense now that said what he did above. I was thinking wtf, how does that work?
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I'm glad it's been warm enough here that I haven't had the furnace turned on.
No kidding, would have been sucked right in through the returns.

As long as nobody was hurt, then all learned a very valuable lesson.
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I thought those had safety devices that won't allow them to just run un-lit?
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Didn't add up in my head is all. My microwave is 5 feet from my stove. Makes sense now that said what he did above. I was thinking wtf, how does that work?
And more importantly, when will they hurry up and figure it out so I can have a microwave in the camper
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