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3 Lesser-Known Signs of a Gas Leak
Monday, August 24, 2020

There may be any number of potentially dangerous chemicals in the products you buy. One of the most dangerous of these chemicals is methane.

Methane is a non-toxic, but highly flammable gas that is released during a gas leak. It's also a potent greenhouse gas that may be responsible for a large portion of the damage caused by global warming.

Methane is especially dangerous if you happen to be in an industrial setting. After all, there are a lot of different machines and tools there that can heat up or throw sparks.

The good news is that you'll usually be able to smell a gas leak before it gets dangerous.

However, there are other signs of a gas leak to pay attention to. We'll talk about a few of them in this article.

1. Whistling Noise

Methane might not make any noise, but the objects around it can. If your workplace is experiencing a gas leak you might notice a whistling sound.

It's similar to a whistling tea kettle and occurs for the same reason. During a gas leak, your pipes break in some way, creating a hole for the gas to escape.

These types of holes are called tone holes. The sound occurs because steam is being forced out of the hole at high speed, which causes the pipes to vibrate. The vibrating of the pipes causes a whistling noise.

Keep in mind that this is a simplified explanation. There are a few other factors that play into it, like steam vortexes and the dimensions of the tone hole, but we don't have the space to go into detail.

2. Dead Plants

If you don't already keep plants in your workplace, you might want to start.

Dead plants can be one of the most reliable signs of a gas leak. They often act as the proverbial 'canary in a coal mine' during gas leaks.

Plants react to gas far more quickly than people do. By the time you can smell gas in the air, your plants may have already died.

3. Your Detector Is Going Off

Believe it or not, there are gas leak detectors that you can have installed. This can take a lot of the uncertainty out of finding a gas leak.

There may be a sound and a smell, but somebody has to notice that. Natural gas causes plants to die, but somebody needs to be watching the plants for this to be effective.

A detector will make a very loud noise that is hard to ignore. People will likely notice the gas leak faster, and it may save lives.

Signs of a Gas Leak

A gas leak is a very dangerous issue that can cost lives if it isn't found and dealt with immediately.

There are several signs of a gas leak that you need to look out for. We've mentioned a few of them in this article, but there are others out there. We would advise you to do more research on your own.

For more information on gas leaks and other safety issues please visit our site. Feel free to contact us if you want to better prepare for these issues.

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