Using natural gas is safe. Modern gas appliances are certified to high standards, they have built-in safety features, and the contractors who install them are specially trained and licensed. Still, we want people to know how to protect themselves from the dangers of carbon monoxide and what to do if they suspect a gas leak.
- CO is an invisible,
odourlessgas that can kill you in high concentrations. If your CO alarm goes off, immediately evacuate all occupants (pets, too!) and call 911.
- Ontario Fire Code requires all homes (whether single family,
semi,or other) with fuel burningappliances (including fireplaces) and/or attached garages, to be equipped with CO alarms. These alarms should be located outside of all sleeping areas.
- If you live in a condo or apartment building that has a service room, CO alarms must be installed in the
serviceroom and adjacent to each sleeping area of all units above, below and besidethe service room.
- In condo or apartment buildings that have a garage, CO alarms must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area of all units above, below and beside the garage.
- If you are inside and smell gas or hear hissing, leave immediately. Do not do anything that could create a spark – don’t switch a light on or off, and don’t use cell phones or lighters, for example. If you are outside, clear the area and do not use lighters or start vehicles. Call 911 when you are safe.
- If you don’t have a sense of smell, it’s important to install a natural gas alarm in your home, in accordance with manufacturer directions
- Did you know that an
odourantis added to natural gas so that you can smell it in case of a gas leak? This compound – mercaptan – has a strong ‘rotten egg’ smell that helps keep you safe. Request a scratch-and-sniff sticker so you know the rotten egg smell associated with natural gas: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Utilities Kingston has been providing safe and reliable gas services since 1847 when it was known as Kingston Gas Light Company.
For more details on natural gas and its safe use, see www.utilitieskingston.com/Gas/SafeFuel.