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Natural Gas

Natural gas is one of the most plentiful, cleanest, most efficient, and safest fuels around and it burns evenly and completely.

It is found in and extracted from reservoirs deep below the earth's surface. Natural gas formed below rock formations centuries ago under high pressure from decayed organic matter. It is a formed in a combination of methane and other hydrocarbon gases like helium, hydrogen sulfide, and carbon monoxide.

It is colorless, odorless, and non-toxic, although it can be dangerous, causing suffocation, if breathed in over a long period of time in an unventilated location without a supply of fresh air.

Although not flammable in itself, when mixed with oxygen, it can ignite and cause explosions, property damage, and severe burns.

Natural gas is used to heat homes, to cook, dry clothes, heat pools and spas, and to run hot water heaters. It is used extensively in hotels, hospitals, restaurants, and industrial complexes.

  • Although odorless itself, natural gas is combined with an odor causing agent that has the smell of rotten eggs. This is done to give a warning of it's presence.
  • If the smell is inside the home or office, do not strike a match or use electrical devices that may cause a spark, open doors and windows.
  • If the smell persists, becomes stronger, or if you hear a hissing sound, leave the building immediately and call your local gas company to come and check it out. If at all possible, leave doors and windows open.
  • It is not a good idea to keep paint, solvents, curtains, or paper products close to gas appliances.

Today, most gas appliances are engineered with many modern safety features including automatic shutoff valves that stop the flow of gas if a leak develops.

Although natural gas is plentiful, like all other energy sources, it should be used conservatively.

 

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