What To Do If You Smell Natural Gas In Your Home
Ways To Prevent A Gas Fire From Breaking Out
Have you ever smelled natural gas? That’s a bit of a trick question. In its raw state, natural gas is odorless, colorless, and nearly impossible to detect. It’s also highly flammable — a dangerous combination. To reduce this danger, gas companies add a non-toxic chemical called mercaptan into the gas before distribution. Mercaptan is the source of that distinctive, “rotten egg” smell that most people associate with gas. The scent is unpleasant, but it makes a gas leak much easier to detect. If you ever smell mercaptan in your home, follow these precautions to prevent a gas fire from breaking out.
1. Keep the House Dark
Depending on the severity of the leak, any electrical current could spark a gas explosion. Don’t turn on any lights or other electrical devices. This includes battery-operated devices such as cell phones and flashlights. Never ignite a lighter or match.
2. Check Your Stove Knobs
A gas stove is one of the most common culprits of a gas leak, since bumping a knob can accidentally turn on the gas. Check the knobs on your stove to ensure that they are all in the “off” position.
3. Open Windows and Doors
Ventilating your home may help release some of the gas buildups that could lead to a gas fire. Open doors and windows, but only if you can do so quickly.
4. Get Out of the House
Evacuate the house, including pets. Do not start your car, especially if the car is in an attached garage. Don’t turn on your phone until you are a safe distance from the house.
5. Contact Authorities
When you are your family are safe across the street or down the block, call 911 or other emergency response service for Buckingham, PA, then call your gas company. Stay nearby and wait for help to arrive.
A home fire can be devastating, and fire damage cleanup is often long and arduous. Sticking to these tips will help minimize your risk of a gas fire.