An Insidious Gas Leak: Protecting Your Family And Your Home

If your house is supplied with natural gas and you notice a rotten egg smell, you may have a gas leak. Potentially very dangerous and highly combustible, a gas leak can put you and your family in grave danger. Following are the warning signs of a leak and what you should do to protect yourself.

Reduce the risk of gas leaks by having all fuel-burning appliances properly installed by a licensed contractor, then have them routinely checked and maintained for proper function. As an added precaution, keep combustible materials away from fuel-burning appliances to reduce the risk of fire.

Gas can be detected by:

Smell Gas doesn’t have an odor in its natural state, which makes detecting it very difficult. For this reason, it’s been infused with a chemical that produces a sulfur or rotten egg smell. If you notice your house smelling of rotten eggs for no known reason, evacuate immediately.

Sight You may see dust blown about or even small bubbles at the site of a leak. Outside vegetation that begins dying for no apparent reason may also indicate a leak.

Sound Gas leaks may produce a hissing or blowing sound.

If you notice any of these signs near the gas meter, appliances or pipes, evacuate your house.

Evacuation procedure

  • Leave your house and open all doors along the way.
  • Do not switch on or off any electrical appliances, including the lights or using the phone, as these can spark and cause a fire.
  • Call 911 or your gas company from your cell phone or a neighbor’s house.
  • Don’t light a match or anything that might cause a spark near the house.
  • Only re-enter you home when the gas company has inspected it and declared it safe.

For further protection of your family and home, consider purchasing a gas detector unit, which is particularly helpful for those with a diminished sense of smell. Gas detectors recognize methane and propane gases.

For more expert advice on gas leaks or issues related to heating and cooling, please contact Beyer Boys. We proudly serve the HVAC and plumbing needs of San Antonio and surrounding areas.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in San Antonio, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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