Natural Gas Safety

Publicly-owned and community-owned gas systems take great pride in their ability to deliver natural gas safely to over 5 million customers in the United States. Safety is our members' top priority. The American Public Gas Association, the natural gas industry, and members of the public all play a part in keeping their communities safe.

While rare, gas leaks can result in fires and explosions. It's important that everyone knows how to recognize a gas leak and what to do if a leak is suspected.

How To Detect A Natural Gas Leak

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What's that smell?

Since natural gas is odorless, your natural gas provider adds a safe, non-toxic odorant called Mercaptan to the gas. This is so you can quickly know natural gas is in the air.

Mercaptan has a distinctive smell, similar to sulfur or rotten eggs. Odorizing natural gas is an important safety feature required of all natural gas utilities.

You may also be able to identify natural gas by sight or sound. If you hear a hissing or roaring sound or see blowing dirt, bubbling water, or dead or dying plants - that could be caused by natural gas.

A gas leak detector can give you peace of mind if you have a weak sense of smell and help keep you and your neighbors safe by sounding an alarm before natural gas reaches the explosive range. Gas leak detectors are available at many hardware and home improvement stores, as well as online.


What To Do If You Suspect A Natural Gas Leak

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