Stay Safe Around Natural Gas

natgasexplosion4If you suspect a natural gas leak: Leave the area immediately and go to a safe location.

Do not try to locate the source of the leak.

Do not do anything that could cause a spark and ignite the gas:

  • Do not use electrical devices, such as light switches, telephones, or garage door openers
  • Do not use an open flame, matches or lighters
  • Do not start vehicles parked in the area

Do not try to shut off any natural gas valves.

From a safe location, call your Energy Company.

Do not re-enter the building or return to the area until an Energy Company employee says it’s safe.

Signs of Natural Gas Leak

  • “Rotten egg” smell
  • Dead or discolored vegetation in an otherwise green area
  • Dirt or dust blowing from a hole in the ground
  • Bubbling in wet or flooded areas
  • Blowing or hissing sound
  • Flames, if a leak has ignited
  • Gas in transmission pipelines does not have odorant added, so signs of a pipeline leak may include all of the above except the rotten egg odor.

via Natural Gas | Consumers Energy.