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Tips to Spot Gas Leaks This Summer

Gas Leaks Can Be Deadly Dangerous: Make Sure You’re Prepared

Gas makes life easier for many people. It’s fairly cheap, can be transported by pipes, and is efficient for cooking, heating water, and making a home comfortable. But, the fact is that gas can be deadly, too. There are a few different ways that a gas leak can cause a tragedy. This is why everyone should know the basics of gas leak response. How they’re dangerous, how to tell that there’s a leak, and what to do about the leak are each important in their own way. Combine them all, and it’s possible to save lives in the event of a gas leak. 

How Can Gas Leaks Be Dangerous?

There are two main types of gas leaks that can be dangerous. The first is when natural gas leaks out from the plumbing or the connection between an appliance and a fixture. When this happens, the main danger is explosions. When natural gas builds up inside a room or an entire home, a spark can ignite the gas causing serious damage to the home. 

The other type of gas leak is known as a carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide leaks happen when there’s a malfunction during the burning of gas as fuel. If the gas burns without proper oxygen around, it can cause incomplete burning or combustion, producing carbon monoxide. This can happen with any carbon-based fuel. Carbon monoxide can cause asphyxiation and death. It can also cause brain damage, cardiovascular issues, and breathing problems. Older and younger people tend to be more susceptible to the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Indications of a Gas Leak

bad smell Knowing how to spot a gas leak is essential for proper reaction. Since both carbon monoxide and natural gas have no taste, smell, or color, it’s hard to tell when there’s a leak. Luckily, natural gas suppliers add a foul-smelling chemical that makes the gas smell like rotten eggs. This is one big clue that there’s a gas leak. 

Other indications include:

  • Nausea, headaches, illness
  • Nosebleeds
  • Eye irritation
  • Abnormally pale skin
  • Ringing ears
  • Trouble breathing
  • Wilting houseplants
  • Skin irritation
  • A blurry area around a gas fixture

What to Do If There’s a Gas Leak


Those who suspect they have a gas leak should evacuate the building at once. They should take pets and people, but nothing more with them. Taking the time to gather up “essentials” can cause serious injury or death. Instead, the best thing to do is take only one phone to call emergency services with. Do not use the phone or any other electronic equipment in the house, as doing so increases the chances of an explosion. 

Installing carbon monoxide detectors near all the bedrooms is the best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Have the detectors checked twice a year to ensure that they still work. Preventing gas leaks can be done by scheduling regular checks by a professional plumbing company to verify that everything looks good. 

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