How to detect a gas leak if you lost your sense of smell

There several physical indicators of gas leaks.
Posted at 5:13 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-14 13:29:28-05

With the temperature dropping this upcoming weekend, it is crucial to identify any risks of gas leaks in your home.

The most obvious indicator of a gas leak is the distinct rotten smell that is added to natural gas.

According to the Atmos Energy website, "Natural gas has no scent or color of its own, so government agencies require utility companies to add an odor. Atmos Energy and many other utilities mix in a harmless gas called 'mercaptan,' which has the smell of rotten eggs."

But if you lost your sense of smell due to COVID-19 or other reasons, there are other ways that you can detect a gas leak in your home.

There are physical indicators, like feeling dizzy or lightheaded.

Plus, some appliances might also serve as hints if there's a gas leak in your home.

The flame from your stove should normally be blue and strong. If the flame is weak-looking, yellow or orange, it is best to check it out.

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