Detecting a Gas Leak
First, it’s important to know the properties of gas that allow you to detect a natural gas leak.
Natural gas is colorless and does not naturally have a scent so an odorant is added to allow anybody to detect a leak. The odorant gives the gas a rotten egg smell.
Some other common signs of a natural gas leak besides the odor may be a faint blowing or hissing sound coming from equipment or pipes, dirt being blown into the air from the ground, water being blown into the air around a pond or creek, fire coming from the ground for no apparent reason, brown patches in vegetation near a pipeline right-of-way, or a very dry spot in a moist field.
If you suspect a gas leak, follow these steps:
- Walk away from the immediate area and warn others to stay away
- Leave any doors you exit unlocked for emergency responders
- Do not operate electrical switches or equipment including garage door openers, vehicles, or telephones
- Once at a safe location, notify Roanoke Gas at (540) 777-0623 or call 911
- Do not go back to the area until notified it is safe by an emergency responder