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Smell Gas?

by | Nov 10, 2020

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?

  1. Evacuate the premise immediately and leave the door open after you leave.
  2. DO NOT use electrical switches, telephones, appliances, garage door openers, matches, or lighters. Do not smoke!
  3. Call Six Nations Natural Gas immediately from a neighbour’s house or your cell phone at 519-445-4213.