Gas Leak

gas leakA gas leak refers to a leak of natural gas, from a pipe or other containment, into a living area or any other area where gas should not be. Although natural gas is by nature colorless and odorless, scents in the form of traces of mercaptans are usually added, to assist in identifying leaks.

As natural gas can explode when exposed to flame or sparks, it is important to report any suspected gas leaks immediately.

If you smell a gas odor, or if a gas monitor alarm sounds and reads "GAS:"

  • Call the Physical Plant Communications Center at (979) 845-4311 and give your name and the location of odor
  • Warn others in the immediate area
  • Evacuate and secure area
  • Notify Department Head/Building Proctor/Resident Advisor (RA)
  • Meet with and assist emergency response personnel

If there is a major leak such as a pipeline break:

  • Call 911 and give the dispatcher your name, location of odor, and related information
  • Initiate an evacuation of the building or if outside, isolate the area
  • Warn others in the immediate are
  • Prevent source of ignition (cigarettes, electrical equipment, etc.)
  • Meet with and assist emergency response personnel
  • Do not re-enter building or outside area until cleared by authorized personnel