What to Do If You Smell a Natural Gas Leak

A natural gas leak in your house can be quite serious. It’s important that you know how to detect a natural gas leak and what steps you need to take to prevent a disaster. Natural Gas is a hydrocarbon mixture (primarily methane) that is commonly used in homes and businesses to heat hot water. It’s also used to run the natural gas furnaces in our homes.

In it’s natural state, natural gas has no odour. Because of this, an odourant is combined with the nautral gas for safety purposes. The odourant usually makes natural gas smell like rotten eggs. But, that unfavorable smell also helps to make the natural gas easily identifiable so you can detect a natural gas leak immediately in your home or office.

Even if you just suspect that you smell a small amount of the odour associated with Natural Gas, your business or home might have a gas leak so you must proceed with care.

What To Do If You Suspect a Natural Gas Leak

  1. Remain calm and act quickly.
  2. Call 911 or contact Fortis BC (natural gas emergency number 1-800-663-9911).
  3. Report the smell as a suspected natuaral gas leak.
  4. Don’t assume that someone else has made the call.
  5. Do not operate any electrical or natural gas appliances.
  6. Do not turn any light switches off or on.
  7. Do not use phones or electronics in the area.
  8. Do not smoke or light matches or try to light a candle.
  9. Do not start any vehicles or motors within the vicinity.
  10. Do not try to extinguish a fire if one has started.
  11. Exit the building and move a safe distance away from the source of the leak.

Five Natural Gas Safety Tips for Around the Home

The following are some tips for around the home to help keep your family safe from Natural Gas leaks.

  1. Never let small children play with Natural Gas appliances, dials, or knobs.
  2. Don’t use your Natural Gas stove as a heating device for your home.
  3. Make sure that Natural Gas appliances have adequate ventilation.
  4. Never try to move or disconnect a Natural Gas appliance yourself.
  5. Do not store combustible materials or household chemicals near gas appliances.

About Premium Electric

As Abbotsford elelctricians, Premium Electric has been offering electrical services to to both residential and commercial clients throughout the Vancouver Lower Mainland. We use only local electrical suppliers and service clients primarily in the Fraser Valley communities of Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge, and Aldergrove.

To find out more about natural gas and home safety, or if you need electrical services, please contact us online, send us an email, or call us at 1-604-308-6195.

You may also like our blog entitled, 5 Things to Do in An Electrical Emergency.

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