Natural gas is flammable - if there's a flame or even a spark in the area of a leak, it could cause an explosion. Fortunately, natural gas leaks are very rare. And explosions are even more uncommon - the mixture of natural gas and oxygen in the air must be at a precise proportion for a spark to set it off.
A gas leak in an enclosed space also poses another hazard - it can displace the oxygen in the room, making it difficult and eventually impossible to breathe.
Use your eyes, ears and nose
Although leaks from natural gas lines are rare, it’s important to know the warning signs. Use your eyes, ears and nose, and call your gas company or 911 if you:
If you notice any of the warning signs
How can you prevent a gas leak?
If anyone in your home has a medical condition that makes it difficult for them to identify the rotten egg odor, you can invest in a natural gas detector. These devices can be easy-to-install units or be part of a whole-house security or alarm system. Your plumbing professional or home security provider can offer recommendations for your family.
Are you an Alliant Energy customer?
If you’re an Alliant Energy gas customer, be sure to have emergency contact information handy in the event of a gas leak or carbon monoxide alarm.