Do you know what natural gas smells like? If you think you smell it, do you know how to shut it off?
This week, the Okotoks Fire Department is currently conducting a campaign to educate home owners on the maintenance of gas appliances and prevention of leaks.
Ken Thevenot, the chief of the department for the Town of Okotoks, says that appliances in the home that use natural gas are the primary culprits when it comes to residential gas leaks.
The largest appliances are usually the furnace or boiler and the hot water tank. Both require regular servicing to work efficiently and for the prevention of gas leaks.
Natural gas actually has no smell. Gas producers add a minute amount of mercaptan, a naturally-occurring chemical which gives off…