Puget Sound Energy will be sending customers something that stinks. More than 1.5 million homes and businesses will get a scratch-and-sniff pamphlet with their billing statements through October.
With a little scratch, the pamphLet emits a sulfur-like aroma. Some might think it smells like rotten eggs, but it's actually intended to remind customers of what it would smell like if there's a natural gas leak at home.
PSE says everyone in a family needs to recognize the odor, and know what to do if they smell it.
- If a natural gas odor is detected inside or outside a house or building, or if a leak is suspected, everyone should get out immediately.
- Do not switch any lights or appliances on or off.
- Do not use cell or landline phones.
- Do not use anything that might create a spark or has a flame, such a lighting a match or a cigarette.
- When far away from the area, call 911, or PSE’s 24-hour emergency hotline at 1-888-225-5773. PSE’s natural gas technicians will respond immediately from our service centers at no charge to check out a problem.
- A hissing sound, blowing dirt or bubbles in a puddle may also indicate a possible natural gas leak.