What's that smell?
Since natural gas is odorless, your natural gas provider adds a safe, non-toxic odorant called Mercaptan to the gas. This is so you can quickly know natural gas is in the air.
Mercaptan has a distinctive smell, similar to sulfur or rotten eggs. Odorizing natural gas is an important safety feature required of all natural gas utilities.
You may also be able to identify natural gas by sight or sound. If you hear a hissing or roaring sound or see blowing dirt, bubbling water, or dead or dying plants - that could be caused by natural gas.
A gas leak detector can give you peace of mind if you have a weak sense of smell and help keep you and your neighbors safe by sounding an alarm before natural gas reaches the explosive range. Gas leak detectors are available at many hardware and home improvement stores, as well as online.