Girl holding her nose because she smells a gas leak. 

Detect a Natural Gas Leak

Use your eyes, ears and nose.

Clean burning natural gas is odorless, colorless and non-toxic in its natural state and it is flammable. We make natural gas stink for your safety. Puget Sound Energy adds a distinctive rotten-egg smell to natural gas so you can detect even the smallest leak, take appropriate action and stay safe.

Smelling natural gas is not the only way to know there is a leak. If you see dirt blowing, bubbles rising in a puddle or hear a hissing sound, it may also indicate a natural gas leak.

If you detect a leak:

  • Leave the area immediately.
  • Call PSE 24/7 at 1-888-225-5773 or call 911. Do not use phones (cell or land lines) near the leak.
  • Do not do anything that might create a spark.

If you don't know the stink of natural gas, check out the "scratch and sniff" spot on our gas safety brochure. To request a brochure, fill out the form below, or call 1-888-225-5773. View brochure.

If you notice any signs of a natural gas leak, call PSE or 911 immediately.

Brochure request

Please send me a natural gas safety brochure with the "scratch and sniff" spot.