Does natural gas kill?
November 16, 2005 11:51 AM Subscribe
Does natural gas alone kill? I need someone to explain how natural gas becomes carbon monoxide and why my pet is dead.
posted by lunalaguna to Health & Fitness (25 answers total)
I was out of the apartment last Thursday night when the pilot light on my oven went out. I came home in the morning to find the apartment filled with gas fumes and my sugar glider nearly dead. I have a carbon monoxide detector, and it was not going off. After taking my sugar glider to the vet (where she later died), I met with the gas company employee who could not detect carbon monoxide and insisted that natural gas alone is nontoxic. I know what happens to a human or animal when carbon monoxide is inhaled, but am not sure about the effects of natural gas. Is it possible that there was carbon monoxide built up from the gas leak that later dissipated and could not be detected by the gas company's equipment? Could I have died if I had been in the apartment overnight? I guess I'm dealing with the grief of this by focusing on the minutia, but seriously, what happened here?