Natural Gas Safety
How safe is it?
Natural gas is a very safe energy source; knowing good safety guidelines can help you use it wisely in your home and community.
Natural gas is nontoxic. It’s colorless and odorless, so the odorant mercaptan is added for safety to help detect leaks. Since natural gas is lighter than air it will dissipate into the air if a leak occurs. This also means that it can move around your house. You may smell natural gas upstairs even though the leak is in the basement.
Another property of natural gas is that it is combustible (it burns). This is a good thing when it is burned it for energy, but dangerous if it is not appropriately controlled or if a leak has occurred. It is very rare for this to happen and considering the tens of millions of structures that use natural gas the risk is very low. However, it is important to know how to recognize a natural gas leak and what to do if you suspect one.
Natural gas is one of our safest, cleanest and most useful energy sources. As we learn and follow the safety tips for natural gas, we can use this valuable fuel safely.
Click on the link to the right to go to the video – Natural Gas Safety video from American Gas Association