Natural Gas Smell
August 15, 2013 10:13 PM Subscribe
I did something colossally stupid this evening: Put up some pasta on the stove and then fell promptly asleep for a little while on the couch. Woke up to a terrible smell of natural gas. Found the water in the pot had spilled over and doused the flame of the burner it was cooking on. With the gas on high. It was probably like that for about 10 minutes or so. And now, four hours later, the house still has a strong-ish odor. Here is my question: does the smell indicate that gas is still present in the house, and if so, should I be concerned for the health and safety of my small children, who are sleeping a hallway away from the kitchen?
posted by zarq to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
In a perfect stereotype of Murphy's law, our CO alarm died on Monday. I haven't replaced it yet.
The kids are sleeping and seem to be breathing normally. Their room does not smell like gas. My wife complained of nausea and a headache when it first happened, but that went away within half an hour. She's now asleep.
I have been running our three wall sleeve air conditioners. Have two windows open for airflow (but there's no breeze outside, so that's kind of useless.) It just occurred to me to put the stove hood vent on high, so that's now also running. But I still smell the gas. I pulled the stove away from the wall to check the gas pipe connection. No breaks or leaks as far as I can tell. All four burners light normally, so the water didn't douse the pilot lights.
Even though I flooded the damned kitchen and house with gas like an idiot, shouldn't the smell have dissipated relatively quickly? Is there any chance my kids could be in danger? How much gas is cause for concern? Would the symptoms of CO poisoning wake them up? Should I wake them and see if they're okay? Am I being paranoid by worrying about this?