Natural gas is a safe, reliable and affordable energy source. However, a slow natural gas leak can cause carbon monoxide poisoning! Education is the key to recognizing and preventing potential harm to you and your loved one.
Natural gas is odorless and colorless. Gas companies add a “sulfur” or “rotten eggs” smell to make it recognizable in case of a leak. It is also nontoxic as long as the appliances are in a well-ventilated space. Natural gas is flammable under the right combination of oxygen and ignition sources.
Sign and Symptoms of Natural Gas Leak:
- Higher than normal gas bills
- The smell of sulfur or rotten eggs in your home
- Difficulty or irregular breathing
- Chest Pain
- Loss of Appetite
- Nose bleeds
- Flu-like symptoms
- Dizziness or light-headed
- Ringing sensation in the ears
- Dead plants
Prevention of Slow Natural Gas Leaks
- Inspection: Have all gas appliances, furnaces, vents, flues, chimneys and gas lines in your home or business inspected every year by qualified industry professionals.
- Ventilation: Keep the areas around all appliances and equipment clean and unblocked to allow for proper airflow. Natural gas can build up in the air of your home if it is not given the opportunity to circulate out through vents.
- Carbon Monoxide Detector: Place one on every floor of your home and in sleeping rooms
- Household Chemicals and Flammable Materials: Store chemicals and flammable materials away from gas appliances.
- Fire Extinguisher: Always make sure there is at least one multipurpose fire extinguisher in your home or place of business.
- Children: Keep your young ones away from natural gas appliances and teach them about natural gas safety.
If you suspect a gas leak, please contact a qualified industry professional immediately. Protect your family by following the safety tips above.
If you have any questions related to gas leaks, carbon monoxide poisoning and detection or need your heating system inspected and serviced, don’t hesitate to call our team at Fahrenheit Mechanical Systems in Murfreesboro, TN. We offer convenient HVAC service appointments seven days a week, and emergency repair service 24/7, every day of the year.