Do You Smell Gas?
What should I do if I smell gas?
Natural gas and propane gas in raw form are odorless and colorless. A harmless chemical called mercaptan is added to give natural and propane gas a “rotten egg” smell. If you smell natural or propane gas, leave the premise immediately.
- Avoid any and all ignition sources.
- Do not make calls or turn anything off or on.
- Do not try and locate the leak.
- Do not use anything that could cause a spark.
- Do not use anything with an open flame.
Once you are safely away from the area, call JCCUD at 423-623-3069 or 865-475-7911 and/or 911. Do not return to the area until safety personnel have arrived and let you know it is safe to return.
What are some signs of a Natural or Propane Gas Leak?
- Rotten egg smell
- Blowing or hissing sound
- Flames if a gas leak has ignited
- Propane liquid leaking may form ice
Physical Properties of Natural and Propane Gas
- Natural gas (methane), is lighter than air and will normally rise. In a confined space, this can build up to explosive levels.
- Propane vapor is heavier than air and will normally sink. In a confined space, this can build up to explosive levels.