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 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 see vegetation that appears to be dead for no apparent reason.
- SOUND – You may hear an unusual sound such as roaring, hissing or whistling.
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.
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 Bluestake completed to locate such lines. Every job requires a call to Bluestake.
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. See this video as a reminder to inspect all gas piping and appliances periodically or hire a professional to conduct inspections annually.