NEW YORK — Due to people turning on their furnaces and other appliances for the first time for the upcoming cold weather, the NYSEG and RG&E have posted a notice to help people avoid dangerous situations resulting from natural gas leaks.
Natural gas is colorless and odorless, but to help detect problems, a substance is added to the gas to give it a smell like rotten eggs. If there is a leak, there may also be a hissing or whistling sound.
If you see a white cloud, mist, fog or bubbles in standing water or blowing dust, or if vegetation appears to be dead or dying for no reason, it may be due to natural gas.
The NYSEG and RG&E recommend that if you suspect a natural gas leak do not smoke or operate electric switches of appliances, and to get out. Then call the NYSEG at 1-800-572-1121.