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Natural Gas

Due to the recent explosion at a Toronto propane facility, heating gas has been very prominent in the news. Within Russell natural gas is used in a great number of homes and we do occasionally get calls about gas leaks or people smelling gas. A natural gas leak is a very serious matter, if you even suspect that you have a natural gas leak or detect a slight odour of rotten eggs, err on the side of caution and assume it is a leak and deal with the situation accordingly.


Natural gas is colourless and odourless, the rotten egg smell is added for safety. Even when a small amount of gas escapes people are able to detect this smell quickly. Now what should you do if this happens?


If you detect a slight rotten egg smell, open you doors and windows, leave the home and call Enbridge from outside or from a neighbours phone. Do not call from within the home, or start turning on lights to investigate yourself. If you detect a strong rotten egg smell also call 9-1-1.


A worse situation would be hearing a hissing noise accompanied by the rotten egg smell. Immediately exit the home, leaving the doors open. Call 9-1-1 from a safe distance again preferably at a neighbour’s house. Do not turn on lights or use a cell phone near the home.


Occasionally construction crews will accidentally rupture a gas line when excavating, the leak from a main supply line can be considerable and can affect a large area. Fortunately natural gas dissipates quite fast in the open air due to wind, however the situation is still serious and should treated so. If you happen to have a gas rupture near your home; close all your windows and doors, remain inside unless you are instructed otherwise by Enbridge or emergency personnel. Turn off all electrical appliances and devices, and obviously extinguish any open flames. Do not start your car or any other motorized device unless you are instructed so by emergency personnel.


Natural gas leaks in the most severe of cases can lead to total destruction of a property. A gas leak is always serious no matter how small and homeowners are not equipped to deal with them on their own. Enbridge’s 24 hour emergency number is; 1-866-763-5427 if in doubt or if you do not have the Enbridge number simply call 9-1-1.

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