06 Mar. 18

Gas Leaks: Why You Should Take Them Seriously

Natural gas is explosive at only five to fifteen percent concentration. This typically poses a problem in confined spaces. In the US only about 17 people per year lose their lives to gas explosions. Well, why is it so dangerous? The truth is this: natural gas does not have to explode for it to hurt you.

Gas Leaks: Why You Should Take Them Seriously

Simply being around a gas leak can harm you.

Natural gas is considered a ‘simple asphyxiant‘ which means it displaces oxygen in the air. When your brain does not get oxygen it is known as hypoxia and, at best, can include symptoms such as:

  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Disorientation
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased vision
  • Loss of consciousness

At worst, you can suffocate without even knowing what is happening. Many who die from gas leaks will do so in their sleep and never know it. A user on the social media site Reddit thought a stalker was leaving notes in his apartment. It turns out he was disoriented due to a gas leak. Yeah, it is pretty scary to think about.

I get it, gas leaks are bad. But what can I do?

According to the American Gas Association more than 170 million Americans rely on natural gas. Leaks are inevitable.  If you suspect you have a gas leak in your home:

  • Ventilate – open doors and windows
  • Make sure your stove or any gas appliances are turned off
  • Do not turn on any lights if you smell gas, this may result in a spark
  • Call your local fire department and then the gas company

Take action before a leak happens!

There are numerous causes of gas leaks – poorly fitted pipes, faulty appliances, bad maintenance – and the average homeowner does not have the wherewithal or knowledge to do preventative maintenance end-to-end.

East Texas Leak Locators has extensive experience in finding and preventing gas leaks. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.