What to do When You Smell Gas

We put an odor in natural gas as a built in safety signal. It smells bad . . . But that's good!

A "whiff" of gas is your safety signal. Familiarize yourself and your family with the odor of gas.

Natural gas is naturally odorless. That distinctive "gas" smell is a chemical, called Mercaptan, which we add to make it easier for you to detect the gas if there is a leak.

If you smell a faint odor of natural gas in your home, you may find the problem is as simple as a pilot light out or a partially open burner valve. Check to see. If the odor is strong however, you should leave the house immediately.

  • Don't light a match or candle to try to find the leak yourself.
  • Don't flip a light switch or use any other electrical equipment.
  • Do contact Delta from outside your home by cell or a neighbor's telephone, not your own.

You can reach us any time. Just tell us you smell gas and we'll send a service representative to make a thorough check. We have personnel on call 24 hours a day to respond to emergency calls. Our toll-free number is: 1-800-432-0771.

Safety procedures are designed to protect you because your safety is the most important part of our service. There are also things that you should do to make your home safe. One very important tip is to make sure that combustible materials and flammable liquids are not stored in proximity to natural gas appliances.

Natural gas has a safety record that is outstanding. We work constantly to keep it that way.

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