If possible, I'd strongly recommend shutting of the case. Assume for the moment that the alarm is in response to a fire or earthquake; shutting off the gas can save the building. However, I'd strongly recommend that a single individual in the lab be trained on this procedure and be responsible for its timely execution.
From: "Rogers, Janet"
Sent: Sep 25, 2014 3:33 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] fire drill and emergency gas shut-off valves
We were recently notified that unannounced fire drills will be taking place on campus. In our new laboratory rooms, we have both emergency gas shut-off valves near the hallway doors and electricty shut-off buttons. If a fire drill occurs while we are in the laboratory, is it recommended that we shut off the gas and/or electricity to the labs as we exit? One of my colleagues raised the question and I thought one of you would know what would be considered best practice.
Janet Rogers, Ph.D.
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
230 Scotland Road
Edinboro, PA 16444
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