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Can you spot a gas leak?

Aaron Stickley
A gas leak in or around the home can be quite dangerous. Therefore, natural gas safety is something everyone should know about.

To help ensure that you can feel safe enjoying the convenience of natural gas, acquaint yourself with the signs of a gas leak.

Signs of A Gas Leak

To detect any possible gas leaks, keep an eye out for the subtle signs of gas in your surroundings. Never ignore even the slightest indication of natural gas in or around your home.

Inside The Home:

  • Smell – natural gas is delivered to the home with an odor additive which makes it easier to detect. The smell added to natural gas is described as a “rotten egg” odor. If you can smell gas in your home, it is a sign that you may have a gas leak.
  • Sound – a hissing sound coming from the area around a gas appliance is a sign of a gas leak.

Outside The Home:

  • Air – a gas leak can cause dirt or plants to be blown as if by a breeze. Air coming from the ground near the home is a possible sign or a gas leak.
  • Bubbles – a leak in a gas pipe can sometimes cause bubbling of moist areas around the home.
  • Dying Plants – plant life near a gas leak will become sickly and eventually die. Plants that die for no apparent reason could be a sign of a gas leak.
If you suspect a gas leak in or around your home stay calm and be safe. If you can safely do so, quickly shut off the gas. If you cannot safely reach the gas shut off valves simply evacuate to a safe distance. Once you are at a safe location, call your gas company for a leak inspection.
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