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What is That…Smell? City of Zachary offers Natural Gas Do’s and Don’ts!

Posted by xadmin on December 19, 2016

What is That…Smell? City of Zachary offers Natural Gas Do’s and Don’ts!

WHAT IS THAT...SMELL? City of Zachary offers Natural Gas Do's and Don'ts!

Meghan Whittington, City of Zachary Utilities Department met with Zachary Elementary students regarding natural gas. Each student received a scratch and sniff card that enables them to better identify the distinctive oder of natural gas. Meghan informed the students that the odor is the harmless chemical added to natural gas so even the smallest amount can be detected easily if escaped. Natural gas leaks may be detected by one of the following indications on or near our pipelines right-of-way:

1. A gaseous or hydrocarbon odor.
2. A blowing or hissing sound.
3. Dust is blowing from a hole in the ground.
4. Continuous bubbling in one spot in a wet or flooded area.
5. Dead vegetation (grass, shrubs or trees.)
6. Abnormally dry or hardened soil.
7. Fire is apparently coming from the ground or burning above the ground.

If you suspect a natural gas leak in your home: Contact the City of Zachary Maintenance Department 225 654-0201 and open the windows and ventilate, and leave the building if the odor is very strong. Don't light a match, do not smoke and don't turn any electrical switches or appliances on or off.
CAUTION: Gas that has accumulated in a confined space is subject to EXPLOSION.
Please stay away from the immediate area of any suspected gas leak and contact the City of Zachary Gas Maintenance Department.

NOTE: The City of Zachary does NOT maintain buried piping between the gas meter and the house or business. The customer is responsible for maintaining and repairing this section of gas piping from leakage. These buried gas lines should be checked periodically for leakage.
If you need additional information, suspect a natural gas leak or in case of an emergency concerning a City of Zachary gas main or service line, immediately call: OFFICE (225) 654-0201 (24 hours)