How Safe Is Natural Gas?

Natural gas is a very safe energy source! Knowing good safety guidelines can help you use it wisely in your home and community.

Using Natural Gas Safely at Home

Natural gas is a very clean, safe energy source when properly used.
  • There are two main natural gas appliances in our homes, the furnace and the water heater.

How to Recognize a Natural Gas Leak

Natural gas leaks are rare, but it is important to know and be able to recognize the signs of a natural gas leak. We use our eyes, ears and nose to detect a leak.

Smell:

To help you SMELL a leak, natural gas companies add a chemical (mercaptan) that smells like rotten eggs.

Hear:

A leaking natural gas pipe might make a hissing sound you can HEAR.

See:

Outside near a gas leak, you might SEE blowing dirt, bubbling water or a small area of dead plants.

If You Suspect a Natural Gas Leak

If you suspect a natural gas leak, leave your house immediately and leave the door wide open as you walk out (for ventilation), tell an adult and call 911 from a safe distance. Get out! Tell an adult! Call 911 and your natural gas company!

Understanding Carbon Monoxide

If natural gas and oxygen are not properly balanced, incomplete burning of natural gas will produce carbon monoxide, which is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is very toxic. Carbon monoxide (CO) can cause illness, and in extreme cases, even death.

My Safe Home

This Home Safety Checklist will help you and your family better understand how to safely use natural gas in your home. Always investigate around appliances with an adult!

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