Bristol Kendall
Fire Protection District

Bristol Kendall
Fire Protection District

Natural Gas

Natural gas is odorless used to fuel many appliances in residences and businesses.

  • Gas companies add Mercaptan, a pungent smelling gas described as smelling like rotting cabbage, to make natural gas detectable.
  • Do not solely rely on sense of smell. Individuals with a diminished sense of smell or other strong smells in the area might not be detectable by the human sense of smell.

There are other signs of a natural gas leak other than smell.

  • Sight: Discolored vegetation, blowing dirt or bubbling water on vegetation.
  • Sound: Blowing or hissing sound coming from a building, meter, or area of vegetation.

Install a CO detector in your home.

  • CO is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas.
  • It is produced when Natural Gas is burned.
  • Illinois Law Requires the installation of CO detectors near sleeping areas in a residence.

Inspect your appliances.

  • Have all major appliances inspected at least once a year by a licensed technician

Call before you dig.

  • Locate your utilities before digging by calling JULIE.
  • JULIE can be reached at 811 or 1-800-892-0123 48 hours prior to digging.


Emergency Procedures

Exit the residence or area immediately.

DO NOT use a telephone, cell phone, use appliances, light matches or turn on light switches in the area to prevent igniting the leaking gas.

Do not open windows to ventilate if they are not already open.

When in a safe area, call 911.


Information was obtained from Nicor Gas. Further information can be found at