Detecting Gas Leaks

Like thousands of others in New York, we too woke up to a strange “gas” smell yesterday morning. Panic quickly sets in – Did we leave the burner on! Fortunately it wasn’t gas but it’s still unsettling that nobody really knows what it was. But what we now realize is that if this really was a gas leak it would have been too dangerous to wait until morning to realize it. What we need is a gas detector.
Although natural gas is odorless an additive called mercaptan gives it the “rotten egg” smell. If you do smell this the first thing you should do is leave the premises and leave the door or windows open and call your gas company or 911. Here are some other suggestions for detecting gas as well as what to look for when selecting a natural gas detector.

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