How to Deal With the Smell of Gas

How to Deal With the Smell of Gas. Natural gas and propane have become a part of our everyday lives and most of us simply take it for granted. However, a gas leak can be extremely dangerous and cause a tremendous explosion--so it's important that you and everyone in your family know what natural gas smells like--and what to do if you do smell gas. In its natural state, gas is colorless, non-poisonous and odorless. The "rotten egg" smell you associate with gas is a chemical added by gas companies to make a gas leak easier to detect. Here are some pointers on how to react if you smell gas outdoors or inside your home.

How to Handle Gas Escaping Outside

Step 1

Remain calm if you smell gas and hear the hissing sound of gas escaping outside.

Step 2

Close all doors and windows in your house to prevent any gas from coming inside.

Step 3

Put out any open fires or exposed flames.

Step 4

Get out of your house and call the emergency number of your natural gas supplier and your fire department from a neighbor's home.

How to Handle Gas Leaking Indoors

Step 1

Open all doors and windows in your home to allow fresh air inside.

Step 2

Get out of your home as quickly as possible, leaving all the doors and windows open.

Step 3

Don't turn any lights, appliances or even computers on OR off. A tiny spark could be all that's necessary to ignite the gas.

Step 4

Don't use your home phone or cell phone. Call the fire department and your natural gas supplier from a neighbor's home a safe distance away.

Step 5

Walk away from the immediate area. Don't start any motor vehicles.

Step 6

Stay away from the area until emergency crews have determined it is safe for you to return to your home.