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Play It Safe Around Natural Gas

Knowing good safety guidelines can help you use it wisely in your home and community.

DO NOT play on or around natural gas meters or equipment. Make sure outside natural gas equipment is free of snow and ice in inclement weather. Prevention and wise usage are the first steps to safety.

Digging Safely

Digging causes most natural gas leaks and safety concerns.

If you dig before finding out where underground cables and pipelines are located, you risk hitting and damaging them.

When you call 811 first, you and your family stay safe.

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!