Natural Gas Leak Safety Tips

Dated: 03/06/2015

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So you think you smell Natural Gas?  Here are a few tips from the New Jersey Natural Gas site that can be helpful and even lifesaving in the case of a  Natural Gas leak.  With so many news stories recently about the dangers of this natural resource, I thought it would be a good idea to brush up on how to handle this emergency situation.

Since natural gas has no scent, a strong odorant that smells like rotten eggs is added to help you detect possible leaks. If you smell natural gas:

  • Remove any cigarettes or other smoking materials from the area, and then extinguish them.

  • Do NOT use matches, lighters or other open flames or activate light switches, electrical appliances, flashlights, doorbells or even garage door openers, as they could create a spark.

  • Do NOT use telephones (cellular included) on the premises where the leak is suspected. Phones can create a spark.

  • Evacuate everyone from the building immediately and then call NJNG from a safe location at 800-GAS-LEAK (800-427-5325). Let us know where you are.

  • Do not re-enter the building until NJNG has declared it to be safe.

For your safety, we promptly investigate suspected natural gas leaks as a FREE service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Other Signs of a Potential Natural Gas Leak
Sight – look for dirt blowing into the air, persistent bubbling in standing water, or discolored or dead vegetation around the pipeline area. 


Sound – listen for any unusual hissing or roaring sound.

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