Natural gas leak dangers

How to spot gas leak dangers in your home
Detecting a natural gas leak. (Source: WOIO)
Detecting a natural gas leak. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A gas stove is a common place for a natural gas leak and it's important to know what to look out for to keep your family safe.
"You can actually see the pilot lights are lit on this one," said Parma firefighter Doug Turner.  
Turner walked us through the steps of what to look out for so you don't put you and your family in danger .

"If it's not lighting immediately with the ignitor you would want to shut it off and find out why it's not igniting," said Turner. "Maybe the ignitor is bad or something else. If there's sometimes a breeze the pilot and ignitor don't light the gas. So that would actually be one of the things you would look out for."
This is a simple step you can take to prevent a potential disaster. Last year alone Parma Fire fighters responded to hundreds of natural
gas leak calls and a handful of those calls resulted in natural gas fires. Luckily, none of them were fatal.

Other sources of natural gas you use in your home include hot water tanks, furnaces, and gas dryers.

Turner says there's one thing to
do if you smell a leak.
"So there is a way for gas to get into your house. And if there is a leak and you smell it, the best thing is to get out of your house
as soon as possible," added Turner.
You might be surprised by this big NO-NO. Turner says people who actually bring propane gas grills into their home are increasing the
dangers of an explosion. That includes storing the grill in the garage. When it comes to lighting the grill in a "safe" place Turner says always stand back.

He says a big misconception is when people think their smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector will alert them to a natural gas leak.
"The gas smell. The natural gas smell added to it smells like rotten eggs that's for you to detect with your nose. Your carbon monoxide
detector, and smoke detector are not going to detect that. You have to detect it yourself," Turner said.
Natural gas has a very high ignition temperature of more than one thousand degrees. That's twice the ignition temperature for gasoline.

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