The pungent odor of rotten eggs in the air is usually the most commonindicatorof a natural gas leak. Another sign is the hissing or whistling sound of gas escaping. If you encounter such an overpowering smell, or hear a suspicious sound, proceed with the following actions:
Do not turn on light switches
Do not turn electrical switches on or off
Do not light matches
Do not smoke
If the smell of gas is light enough that you can breathe easily and you do not hear a distinct sound of escaping gas, then proceed with opening doors and windows to disperse the gas and reduce its potentially dangerous buildup.
This step is for only those who know exactly how to safely turn the gas supply off at the meter box. If you are unaware how to do this, disregard this action and get you and others out of the immediate vicinity.
Once you have evacuated the premises, call emergency services. Never call from the location where the gas leak is suspected. If you do not have a cell phone, go to neighbor’s home, or nearby business to call for help from there.
Relying on your senses and quickly acting on your instincts can be the difference maker indiffusing and ultimately preventing a potentially life-threatening situation.
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