Gas leaks can be a big problem. Unattended gas leaks can not only compromise school safety, but also put faculty and students at risk. Whenever there’s a leak, there’s a danger of fire (or even explosion) from the tiniest of ignition sources, including sparks from static electricity that you may not notice. Gas must be shut off to prevent a catastrophic explosion or fire, but most organizations are crippled without their gas supply and need emergency gas leak repair.
Your school community plays a vital role in natural gas safety by knowing the signs of a natural gas leak. An easy way to detect a gas leak is by the distinct, sulfur-like, rotten egg odor that is emitted. This odorant is added to make gas detection easier. You may also hear hissing, whistling or roaring sounds coming from underground or from a gas appliance. Be aware of dirt spraying into the air, continuous bubbling in a source of standing water, as well as dead or dying vegetation in an otherwise moist area.
Natural gas is a clean and safe solution. However, in order to keep this fossil fuel safe, proper maintenance of gas lines, valves and regulators is a must. The moment you suspect a gas leak at your school, you should immediately call your gas company or MBS Engineering for an inspection.
What to do when a gas leak is detected: