How to Recognize Signs of a Gas Leak


Trust Your Senses

Remember the three ways to recognize a gas leak:


safegasohio_logo.pngSMELL - To help you SMELL a leak from a gas line or appliance, a

familiar odor like rotten eggs is often added to natural gas.

SEE - Near a gas leak, you might SEE blowing dirt, bubbling water

or an unusual area of dead vegatation.

HEAR - A leaking pipeline might make a hissing sound

you can HEAR.



If you recognize any of these signs:


  • walk away, right away.
  • Don't try to stop or repair the leak yourself or use anything that might create a spark, such as a cell phone.
  • Avoid using potential ignition sources, such as telephones, doorbells, electric switches or motor vehicles.
  • Contact the local gas company or 9-1-1 from an outside source. Leave your information where you can be contacted.
  • Never try to extinguish a gas fire or operate any pipeline valves.