Detecting a Natural Gas Leak

Detecting a Natural Gas Leak

Detecting a Natural Gas Leak
Natural gas is one of the safest, most reliable and environmentally friendly fuels in use today, but leaks can occur. There are three key ways to recognize a natural gas leak.

LOOK. Blowing dirt, bubbling creeks or ponds, dry spots in moist areas or dead plants surrounded by green, live plants also may indicate a natural gas leak.

LISTEN. An unusual hissing sound near gas lines or appliances may indicate a natural gas leak.

SMELL. In its raw state, natural gas is colorless and odorless. Natural gas utility companies add a substance called mercaptan to create the familiar, rotten-egg-like odor you associate with natural gas. You should take action even if you detect only the faint odor of natural gas in the air.

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For more information on natural gas safety, please contact GUC at 551-1587.


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