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I Smell Gas In My Home – What To Do In The Even Of A Natural Gas Leak

Natural gas is a naturally abundant, odorless, colorless gas found beneath the earth’s surface. It is widely considered one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels because it produces fewer emissions than others, and when installed by a professional Queens Plumber and used properly, it is one of the safest and most reliable forms of fuel available. However, improper or careless use of natural gas can result in property damage, injury, or even death. Due to its odorless nature, an odorant is added to the gas before it is delivered to your home to give it the smell of sulfur, making it easier to detect in the event of a leak.

How To Recognize A Gas Leak

You shouldn’t depend solely on your sense of smell to identify a gas leak, however. There are several signs you can be on the lookout for to help you determine whether you have a gas leak or not. You might have a gas leak if you notice:

  • The smell of gas
  • A roaring or hissing sound inside the house or garage
  • Long-lasting bubbling in standing water near the gas line
  • Dead grass or other vegetation in the pipeline area
  • Earth moving or dirt blowing in the air near the pipeline area
  • Exposed gas pipeline after a natural disaster

What To Do If You Smell Gas

If you have noticed any of the signs of a gas leak listed above in or around your home, it is important to take the following steps:

  • Evacuate everyone from the building or house immediately
  • Put out your cigarette right away if you are smoking
  • Do not light a match, candle, stove, or lighter
  • Don’t turn on any light switches, electrical appliances, doorbells, or garage openers as this can result in a spark
  • Call the utility emergency line as soon as you reach a safe distance from the home and don’t return to the building until a utility investigator has declared it safe

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