Dangers of Gas Leaks on Health

Dangers of Gas Leaks on Health

How to tell if there is a gas leak

Many homes use natural gas for heat, hot water, and home appliances. Natural gas has no smell, which means a small leak would be impossible to detect. A hissing sound is not always present either. That’s why your utility company adds mercaptan, a harmless chemical, to the gas. Mercaptan smells like sulphur, or rotten eggs, to help you identify gas leaks. But you may not smell anything if the leak is very small.

Evacuate the area immediately if you experience the following:

  • smell sulphur or something like rotten eggs
  • hear a hissing or whistling sound near a gas line
  • see a damaged connection to a gas line
  • see a white cloud, blowing dust, or bubbles in standing water
  • see plants that are dying or dead for no apparent reason

If you suspect a gas leak avoid touching electrical appliances or turning on anything that may cause a spark or fire. Instead, leave the building, leave the door open, and head to a safe location. There you can call 911, your local fire department, or gas company to report the leak. READ MORE HERE

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