We make it stink to make you think
March 15, 2017 by Amy Bunton
You’ve probably heard us on the radio “If you smell rotten eggs, it could be a natural gas leak.”
Did you know natural gas is actually naturally odorless? Now not to confuse things – it really does smell like rotten eggs, but that is because we add in the smell to keep our customers safe.
Chris Wilcock, FortisBC laboratory technologist got a special visit from Global BC to show the behind the scenes why, how and what gets added so that customers get a warning signal if there is ever a natural gas leak.
Smell natural gas?
If you smell a pungent, rotten egg odour, or if you hear the sound of escaping gas, it could be a natural gas leak. Follow these steps:
- Stop what you’re doing. Don’t use your cellphone or landline, don’t smoke, light matches or operate electrical switches or create any other source of ignition.
- Go outside. As you exit, leave the door open behind you as well as any windows that may already be open.
- Call us. Once outside, use your cell or smartphone to call FortisBC’s 24-hour Emergency Line at 1-800-663-9911 or 911.