How to Recognize Signs of a Gas Leak
Trust Your Senses
Remember the three ways to recognize a gas leak:
SMELL - 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.