Natural gas is odorless,
colorless, non-toxic and has no taste in its natural state. To
make it easy to detect even
the smallest leak, the suppliers of this fuel add a harmless chemical—mercaptan—which
smells like sulfur or rotten eggs.
Review and familliarize yourself with the following
things to do if you smell natural gas.
- DO open Windows.
- DO leave the building.
- DO use a neighbor's phone to
call Puget Sound Energy (day or night):
- DO NOT turn on or off any electrical
- DO NOT use your phone.
- DO NOT smoke.
- DO NOT light a match or do anything
that might create sparks.
Using your nose is not the only way to detect a natural
gas leak. Dirt blowing, bubbles in a puddle or a hissing sound may
indicate a leak in a service line. If you notice any indication of
a gas leak, immediately call PSE!
Call Before You Dig
If you are planning to dig to
a depth of 12" or more, even on your property, Washington
State law requires you to notify the Utilities Underground Location
Center. Call 1-800-424-5555
at least two business days before you dig. Each untility will come
out to mark the location of it's underground utilities with the
- yellow - fuel (natural gas or oil)
- red - electric
- orange - telephone or cable
- blue - water
- green - sewer
The Call Before You Dig program is a free service provided by your
All of the above information was taken directly from
Puget Sound Energy Safety Quiz Form #1611 11/97 650M. Call them for
your own copy which includes a sample natural gas scratch and sniff.