Dangers of a Natural Gas Leak In the Home

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Ortech Consulting Inc. offers environmental consulting to businesses. They deal with odor complaints and natural gas testing services and much more. They are located at 804 Southdown Rd Mississauga, ON L5J 2Y4‎ (905) 822-4120.

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Dangers of a Natural Gas Leak in the Home :

Dangers of a Natural Gas Leak in the Home

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Canada sits third in global natural gas production with 6.4 trillion cubic feet per year. Natural gas is removed from the ground by drilling wells, and is then transported through pipelines to processing plants. After processing, natural gas is delivered to consumers where it may be used for things like heating a home or cooking. Despite its ‘natural’ tag, natural gas can be dangerous, especially if there is a leak in the home.

Types of Natural Gas:

Types of Natural Gas There are four basic types of natural gas used, which includes: Methane Ethane Propane Butane Methane is the most prevalent, but each one can be used for different reasons around the house.

Where Is the Leak?:

Where Is the Leak? When a natural gas leak occurs in a home, it’s going to be in one of a few different places, in most instances. A gas pipe may have been cracked, ruptured or damaged in some way, or an appliance that uses natural gas like a stove may not have been connected properly. Once the leak has been reported, the fire department will attempt to isolate the location of the leak so they can fix it and prevent a disaster. Natural gas testing may take place to ensure the area is safe before anyone is allowed back into the house.

Fire or Explosion:

Fire or Explosion One reason that natural gas testing is so important after a leak is because natural gas is extremely flammable. if there is a flame, or even a spark in the area of a leak, the result could be a fire or even an explosion. And if the natural gas continues to leak, that fire isn’t likely to go out. Obviously, a household explosion could mean severe injuries and quite possibly death to anyone who is inside the house at the time.

Telltale Signs:

Telltale Signs The telltale sign of a natural gas leak is the smell of rotten eggs. Natural gas has no smell on its own, but energy companies add a substance called mercaptan to it, so it is easily identifiable. The main point is, if you have natural gas as a home energy source and smell rotten eggs at any time, you probably have a leak. And even though leaks are rare, you must react quickly if you smell one.

What to Do?:

What to Do? As soon as you smell a natural gas leak, it’s important to gather everyone up and leave the house. Don’t open up windows and don’t start fiddling around with your appliances or anything. Get to a neighbour’s house and call 911 as soon as possible. Explain the situation and then stay out of your house until the fire department or gas company does the necessary natural gas testing and gives you the green light.

About Carbon Monoxide:

About Carbon Monoxide No information on gas in the home would be complete without mentioning carbon monoxide. Basically, carbon monoxide is a colourless and odourless gas that can be produced from burning coal, oil, wood, charcoal, kerosene or natural gas, as well as idling gas-powered engines. Carbon monoxide disrupts the ability of the blood to transport and absorb oxygen, and it can induce serious flu-like symptoms or even death. That’s why having a functioning carbon monoxide detector is a must for every home.

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References Ortech Consulting Inc. offers environmental consulting to businesses. They deal with odor complaints and natural gas testing services and much more. They are located at 804 Southdown Rd Mississauga, ON L5J 2Y4‎ (905) 822-4120.

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