When it comes to protecting my babies, it is my number one priority. There are so many things that are out of our control, but one thing I do know, is that knowledge is so incredibly valuable when it comes to keeping our homes and families safe. In our day to day lives, I am constantly pulling Beckett down from climbing on the countertops, and making sure both of my kids are wearing helmets on their bikes – but something that hasn’t always been in the forefront of my mind until recently is that of natural gas safety in our home.
Natural gas is something that on it’s own is odourless, but because of this, a chemical, Mercaptan, is added so that we are able to detect the smell if there is a leak! This smell is extremely potent and resembles rotten eggs (or few day old boiled eggs). If in fact this smell is detected in your home, the next actions to take are extremely important. In this situation, the best thing to do is stop everything you are doing, exit your home leaving the door open and call 911 or FortisBC. It is important to not use your cellphone or landline until you’ve exited your home.
If you ever are unsure about the natural gas safety in your home, there are so many resources that can connect you with professionals who can perform annual checks on your home! This should be a part of your annual home maintenance, like cleaning your gutters and furnace/vents, in order to prevent natural gas leaks.
Educating ourselves on matters such as natural gas safety in our homes, is so incredibly important, because if there is such an emergency, I would want more than anything to know the right steps to take in order to protect my loved ones!