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NYSEG Issues Natural Gas Safety Reminder

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NYSEG has issued a reminder that you should get up and get out of wherever you are if you smell natural gas or if you think that there’s a natural gas leak.

Natural gas is safe under normal conditions, but when a leak happens, it can be deadly. This is why it’s so imperative that if you find yourself in a situation where you smell natural gas or think there might be a leak, you get yourself out of where you are right away and call 911.

So how do you detect a natural gas leak?

Smell: natural gas is naturally orderless, but for safety, an odor similar to rotten eggs is added.

Sight: a white cloud, mist, fog, bubble in standing water or blowing dust and vegetation that appears to be dead or dying for no reason.

Sound: a roaring, hissing or whistling.

Please remember that the leading cause of accidents with natural gas is digging near their lines. Before you do any sort of excavation work at your home, please call 811 to make sure the underground pipes can be marked.

It’s also not a bad idea to check your heating system and vents once a year to make sure that everything is working properly. Natural gas appliances such as ranges, clothes dryers and fireplaces should also be checked every now and then to make sure they’re working the way they should.

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