Along with carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, you should also install natural gas detectors in your home. This substance is commonly used around the home, particularly in heating appliances, but it can be extremely dangerous.
The good news is that leaks are generally fairly easy to detect – even though the gas naturally has no colour or odour, it is mixed with a non-toxic odorant (it might remind you of the smell of rotten eggs) before it is bottled or leaves the facility. Even though leaks are quite rare, it is important to keep in mind that they can happen. Methane is extremely flammable, so just one spark from a match is enough to cause a fire or even an explosion.
This is why discovering leaks immediately is so important. Whilst you can rely on your nose to some degree, the safest way to confirm your suspicions is with the installation of a detector.
So, what should you consider when choosing a natural gas detector for your home?
What should you do if you suspect there is a leak?
In short, leave the house immediately. Do not turn on any lights, unplug any electrical appliances, make any phone calls, or light any matches/lighters. Call 000 once you are clear (at a neighbour’s, for example), and do not re-enter your home until you’ve been given the all clear from the authorities. Once your home has been made safe, you may need to air it out for a few hours to get rid of the rotten egg smell that will have permeated the space.
We hope that the information provided above has shown you exactly why a natural gas detector is a must for your home. If you have gas appliances, from heating appliances through to an oven, it is essential that you have taken appropriate steps to protect your family.
If you require any assistance in choosing a detector that best meets the needs of your home, do not hesitate to speak with an expert. They will be able to assess your needs and wants, making recommendations for devices that they believe will quickly alert your family to a problem.