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What Should You Do if You Smell Natural Gas in Your Home?

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Natural gas is statistically a very safe form of energy delivery. Incidents are rare, although about every decade there is usually a relatively spectacular gas explosion in the news. However, anywhere there is flammable gas, there is some potential for a leak, and knowing what to do in Bonita Springs, FL can easily save your life and prevent a gas fire. 

Where Is the Gas Meter?

 There are three common places to find a residential gas meter: 
  • Immediately around the perimeter of the home
  • Near the street for homes well off the road
  • Inside the building is also common for multi-family buildings

The meter is often on a gray container about the size of a typical desktop computer. If you can’t find your meter, call the gas company; they will usually help a resident find it. The shutoff valve is most typically right on or very near the meter. A set of channel lock or vice grip pliers will often suffice to turn off the gas. 

How Can You Recognize the Smell of Natural Gas?
Natural gas is odorless in nature. However, the gas company adds a harmless chemical to it that has a sulfurous smell, like a rotten egg. If you stand close to a meter on a sunny day, you may eventually get a slight whiff of it, which, if brief, isn’t a problem. If you are inside and can smell it, that is a problem – an immediate one.

What If You Smell It?
When you do smell it inside, unless you see a very quick and simple solution (such as a gas stove burner that is on with no flame), you need to get outside with haste. Don’t turn on or off any lights – it can cause a tiny spark. If you have time, open windows and doors, especially on your way out. Call 911 as soon as you are safe.
Quick thinking can save you from a serious gas fire in Bonita Springs, FL. If you’ve had a fire due to natural gas, contact an experienced fire damage restoration company to clean up the damage and return your home to normal.

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