At Gas South, natural gas safety is a priority. That’s why we’re here to give you tips on detecting gas leaks in your house, on what to do if you have a leak, and on how to prevent them.
Natural gas leaks can be a real threat if they go undetected or ignored. As a highly combustible material, gas leaks can lead to fires or explosions, and it can also cause sickness in residents. If you suspect you have a leak in your gas line, call Atlanta Gas Light (AGL) at 877-427-4321 or call 911 to report a gas leak.
How to Detect a Natural Gas Leak
- Keep the areas around all appliances and equipment clean and unblocked to allow for proper air flow.
- Check your pilot lights and burners for a steady, blue flame. If you see the blue flame, they are operating correctly. (Decorative gas fire logs are the only exception – the flame is usually yellow.)
- Never let small children play with, or near, natural gas appliances or pipes.
- Don’t use your stove or oven for anything other than cooking (for instance, to heat your home).
- Store household chemicals or combustible materials away from gas appliances.
- Call 811 before you dig, so underground lines can be marked.
- Every year or two, have a professional inspect your gas appliances, furnaces, vents, flues, chimneys and gas lines in your home or business.
- When moving or installing a gas appliance, or changing a connector, always enlist the help of a professional.
We hope you never have to deal with a gas leak but if you do, now you know how to act quickly and keep everyone involved safe.