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How to Identify and Respond to Natural Gas Leaks


As we welcome the New Year, it's crucial to prioritize the safety of our loved ones, especially when it comes to potential natural gas leaks. Natural gas is a common energy source used in many homes, but it can pose serious risks if a leak occurs. Understanding how to identify and respond to these leaks is key to ensuring the safety of everyone in the vicinity. This safety message is brought to you by the City of Mesa, the dedicated natural gas provider for San Tan Valley.

Identifying a Natural Gas Leak

Natural gas in its pure form is colorless and odorless. To help detect its presence, an odor resembling rotten eggs is added. This distinct smell is often the first indication of a leak. However, there are other signs to watch out for:

  1. Smell: The most recognizable sign of a gas leak is the smell of rotten eggs. If you detect this odor, it's a clear indicator that there might be a natural gas leak in your area.
  2. Hearing: Listen for any unusual hissing or blowing sounds coming from pipelines, appliances, or natural gas meters. These sounds could signify that gas is escaping from its intended path.
  3. Sight: Observe your surroundings for unusual visual cues like dirt or water being blown into the air, dead or dying plants or grass in an otherwise healthy area, or water that is continuously bubbling. These could be signs of a natural gas leak underground.

Responding to a Gas Leak

If you suspect a gas leak, it's crucial to take immediate action:

  1. Evacuate: Leave the area immediately. Ensure you go to a location far enough to be safe from potential hazards.
  2. Report: Once you're in a safe place, call 911 and the gas emergency hotline at 480-644-4277. Reporting the leak promptly is vital for your safety and that of others.
  3. Safety Precautions: Avoid actions that could trigger an explosion. Do not turn on or off electrical switches, use doorbells, smoke, or use any open flames like matches or lighters. Even a small spark can ignite the gas and cause a dangerous explosion.

Safety should always be our top priority. By educating ourselves and our loved ones on how to identify and respond to natural gas leaks, we can play a crucial role in preventing accidents and ensuring everyone's safety. This message is provided by the City of Mesa, serving as San Tan Valley's trusted natural gas provider. Let's make this New Year a safer one for all. To learn more about Mesa Gas, click here.

***If you have lost your sense of smell or it is badly diminished methane detectors can be installed to alert you when there is methane gas in the air. There are various types and models of these devices available to meet your needs. Be sure to carefully follow all alarm installation and use instructions to ensure the proper functioning and reliability of your methane detector.

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