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Home & Business Safety

Emergency Info

Suspect a natural gas leak?
Call 911
And Southwest Gas immediately at
whether you're our customer or not.

Si usted sospecha una
fuga de gas natural,
llame al 911
Y a Southwest gas al
Inmediato, si usted es nuestro
cliente o no.

Today, over 60 million U.S. households and businesses use natural gas, an increase of 20% since 1988. During that same period, household safety incidents have declined by 29% according to the American Gas Association. Contributing to its excellent safety record are the unique characteristics of natural gas.

Natural gas:

  • Has a limited range of flammability;
  • Won’t burn if it has too much or too little oxygen;
  • Won’t burn in the absence of a spark or ignition source;
  • Is lighter than air so it will usually rise safely and disperse into the air if it’s allowed to vent freely.

Additionally, Southwest Gas adds an odorant to its natural gas called mercaptan which gives it a distinct smell similar to rotten eggs. This smell makes it easy to identify when a gas leak has occurred.

Even with this in mind, it’s still important to understand natural gas and be aware of safety tips concerning its use.

Click here for links to useful websites, pdf brochures and other downloadable items.