Since natural gas is one of the most popular forms of energy used in households, it’s important to know the potential dangers it can pose to you and your family. Neighbourhood Chimney Services has compiled a few helpful tips on natural gas to help you detect a gas leak and how to react safely.
To Keep You Safe, Natural Gas Smells Like Rotten Eggs!
Natural gas is an efficient and cost-effective energy source, and that makes it popular for use in many household appliances. In its natural state, natural gas has no odour, so an odourant called mercaptan has been added to it to make leaks easy to detect. The mercaptan adds a “rotten eggs” or sulphur-like smell to the natural gas.
To keep your heating system safe and working efficiently, have a licensed gas technician service your system regularly (once a year is recommended). A properly maintained furnace or boiler system will provide reliable service and use fuel more efficiently saving you money on your gas bill as well as giving you peace of mind.
However, if you smell natural gas, here are steps that you SHOULD follow:
It’s important to know the potential dangers that natural gas can pose to you and your family if there is a gas leak.
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas you cannot see, smell, or taste that can cause brain damage or even death.
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