Natural gas is lighter than air and will dissipate into the atmosphere unless confined. It has a higher combustion temperature than other fuels. Combustion cannot occur unless a narrow range of fuel-to-air mixture is present. If you smell natural gas:
If you suspect a leak indoors or outdoors:
The most common way to detect a natural gas leak is by smell. The use of a natural gas detector is an additional and/or alternative safety measure for detecting a natural gas leak.
If the warning alarm on your gas detector goes off, be sure to follow the same precautionary steps as indicated above - leave the area immediately and phone 1-888-700-0427
For safe, efficient use of natural gas in your home, it is important that you respect natural gas, know how to use it properly and follow manufacturer directions for using and taking care of natural gas appliances. By properly caring for your appliances, you'll help ensure safe and effective operation.
Safety starts with you! Whether you are a contractor or homeowner, planning general landscaping projects or major construction work, you need to ensure you are not digging or encroaching on underground facilities. If you cut a line while digging, you could put yourself and those around you in danger, while also jeopardizing your community’s access to vital emergency services.
Contact Sask 1st Call at least two working days before starting any outdoor project to have the underground lines marked free of charge.
When should I get a line locate?
No job is too small or too big. Contact Sask 1st Call at least two working days before doing ANY digging, landscaping, excavating, or construction work, such as:
How can I prevent a line hit?
Don’t guess how deep the lines are or assume no lines exist. Get a line locate. Natural gas lines can be buried just a few inches below ground or more than a metre below the surface. As the ground settles or grade changes are made (soil is added or removed) the lines can become closer to the surface. When digging, be sure to:
What if I am only building on the surface and not digging?
What can happen if I hit a line?
Some of the consequences of a line hit include:
What should I do if I hit a line?
If you suspect a natural gas line has been damaged:
Learn to recognize signs of a natural gas leak. You may be able to detect a gas leak from a pipeline by sight, smell or sound.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is odourless, colourless, tasteless, non-irritating, poisonous — and deadly.
CO is produced when burning common fuels such as natural gas, propane and kerosene. Excessive amounts of CO will form when there isn’t proper ventilation or an adequate air supply.
When CO is inhaled, red blood cells don't get the oxygen they need. Continued exposure to high levels of CO leads to unconsciousness, convulsions, brain damage and ultimately, death.
Common carbon monoxide sources in your home:
Signs that there may be carbon monoxide in your home:
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:
HOW TO HELP KEEP YOUR HOME AND FAMILY SAFE FROM CO
Don’t put your family’s safety at risk — a carbon monoxide detector in your home alerts you to danger before physical symptoms of CO poisoning appear. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement, maintenance and replacement of your detector.
Carbon monoxide detectors are just part of the solution. Practice the following tips to help keep your family safe:
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CO DETECTOR ALARM GOES OFF
Remain calm. Take the following steps to determine the reason for the alarm:
IF SOMEONE IS EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS OF CO POISONING
Everyone should leave the house immediately and seek medical treatment if required. Call 911 (or your local fire department if you live in an area without 911 coverage) as soon as you are in a safe location outside of your home.
IF NOBODY IS EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS
If you have an older style furnace or water heater, you will have a chimney that rises up through your roof. It’s a good idea to routinely check the chimney for obstructions.