Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #566


From left: 89 East 116th Street and the explosion site at 1644 Park Avenue on March 12

Following the deadly gas explosion that rocked East Harlem in March, the FDNY will now respond to all gas odor reports. If you suspect a gas leak, dial 911 immediately.

If you suspect a gas leak:
  • Leave the area immediately and go to a safe location
  • Do not try to locate the source of the leak  
  • Do not do anything that could cause a spark and ignite the gas: 
    • Do not use electrical devices such as light switches, telephones, garage door openers
    • Do not use an open flame, matches or lighters 
    • Do not start vehicles parked in the area
  • Do not try to shut off any natural gas valves
  • From a safe location, call 911 to report a gas leak.
  • Do not re-enter the building or return to the area until fire department or law enforcement personnel deem the area safe for re-entry