BGE is committed to maintaining a safe and reliable gas system, which begins with helping our customers understand the importance of natural gas safety. Gas is colorless, tasteless, and odorless in its natural state. Therefore, BGE puts mercaptan, a safety additive in natural gas to give it a rotten egg odor and make it easier to detect.
Smell natural gas? Don't wait. Get out fast and call 911 or 877.778.7798.
BGE will check it out 24/7 at no cost to you. Leave the premises, go at least 100 feet away, and do not return until authorities say it is safe.
Three big don'ts if you detect natural gas:
Don't turn anything on or off
Don't open a window
Don't try to find the leak
For signs of natural gas:
Mercaptan gives natural gas a distinctive smell similar to rotten eggs
Look for dead vegetation in a thriving area, bubbling ground water, or blowing dust from a hole in the ground.
A blowing or hissing sound.
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