Emergency responders evacuated a building located near a reported natural gas leak earlier this month in Northwest DC. In a report at nbcwashington.com, the gas leak was on Massachusetts Avenue in the 2100 block. Washington, D.C. firefighters and HazMat responders searched the area for the leak.
According to a spokesperson for the Washington, D.C. Firefighters Association, air-monitoring systems detected elevated gas readings in the area. Workers from Washington Gas were able to stop the leak, but authorities closed nearby streets as a precaution.
Although natural gas is non-toxic, colorless and odorless, it is a highly combustible fuel. If ignited, a natural gas leak can lead to a deadly explosion. To aid detection, gas companies odorize natural gas with a chemical to give it an unpleasant odor. A damaged utility pipe can leak gas into a home, but the odor should make it easy to smell.
If you suspect a natural gas leak in or around your home, evacuate the area immediately. Move away from the suspected source and call 9-1-1. If natural gas heats your home, make sure the heating system is in good condition as winter approaches.
Have you ever come home to a gas leak?
Approved by attorney David Schloss