Use Your Senses
A gas leak is often recognized by smell, sight and sound.
- SMELL – Natural gas is colorless and odorless, A distinctive pungent odor, similar to rotten eggs (Ethyl Mercaptain) is added so that you will recognize it quickly. Not all transmission lines are odorized.
- SIGHT – You may see a white cloud, mist, fog, bubbles in standing water or blowing dust. You may also notice vegetation that appears to be dead for no apparent reason.
- SOUND – You may hear an unusual sound such as roaring, hissing or whistling.
Know Where You’re Digging
The greatest risk to underground gas pipelines is accidental damage during excavation. To protect gas piping and other underground facilities, the law requires jobsite to have the proper notification to Call Dig (Phone 811) completed to locate such lines. Every job requires a call to Call Dig At 811 before you dig .
What You Should Do If You Smell a Gas Leak
- Move to a safe environment. If safe to do, turn off the gas at the source
- Call us or local gas provider. In an emergency situation call 911
- DO NOT smoke, operate electrical switches or appliances. These items may produce a spark that might ignite the gas
- DO NOT assume someone else will report the gas leak.
Avoid Becoming a Victim
Consumers should be aware that gas piping may develop leaks due to improper installation and/or deterioration over time due to natural elements. All gas piping and appliances periodically be inspected. Hire a Certified Professional to conduct inspections annually.