Natural gas leaks can happen, and this guide will teach you everything you need to know to be prepared.
What is a Natural Gas Leak?
Natural gas has no odour and cannot be seen, however, the chemical agent, mercaptan, is added into natural gas by transmission companies to give it a distinctive smell.
How can I detect a Natural Gas Leak?
Remember the 3 S’s: Smell, Sight, Sound!
The chemical that is added to natural gas, mercaptan, smells like rotten eggs or skunk.
Natural gas is colourless, however, from the ground, a gas leak can be indicated by bubbles on a wet or flooded area, dead vegetation and desk blowing from a hole in the ground where the natural gas has escaped.
Listen carefully, as there could be a hissing sound coming from a pipeline or leaky joint where the natural gas is escaping from.
What should I do if there is a Natural Gas leak inside my building?
- Evacuate the premise immediately and leave the door open after you leave.
- DO NOT use electrical switches, telephones, appliances, garage door openers, matches, or lighters. Do not smoke!
- Call Six Nations Natural Gas immediately from a neighbour’s house or your cell phone at 519-445-4213.