Think you smell a gas leak?
Here is an easy way to make sure and keep you, and your family safe. Make sure to check all partsof your gas meter, gas control valve and gas supply shut off on your water heater with a solution of soap and water. By simply spraying the solution on the gas lines you think are leaking, bubbles will appear in the exact location there is a leak in your gas lines.
The carbon-hydrogen compound that is natural gas does not have any smell in itself. However, sulfuric is added to the gas to produce a “rotten egg” smell to let homeowners know that there is a leak in their homes. If natural gas levels are high enough it could be severely hazardous if inhaled. Although natural gas is called one of the safest and clean burning fuel stated by many, this issue should not be taken lightly.
If you smell a gas leak, you should:
· Not ignore the smell, call your local utilities company or 911 for help!
· Report this immediately; do not try to fix the problem on your own.
· Get everyone out of the home and a safe distance away while making the phone call.
· Put out all open flames
You should not:
· Smoke or light any matches
· Do not flip any electrical switches
· Do not adjust thermostats
· Do not unplug anything
· Do not use a telephone inside the home
· Do not try to fix the leak yourself