Natural Gas Leaks: A Story
Do you ever have those experiences that, in the
moment, feel incredibly stressful and overwhelm...
“Ma’am, I think I’ve found the source of the smell. Your gas is leaking. I’ve called the fire department
and I’m gonna hav...
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Natural gas leaks

A story about a natural gas leak in your own home, personal experience.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Published in: Business      
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Transcripts - Natural gas leaks

  • 1. Natural Gas Leaks: A Story Do you ever have those experiences that, in the moment, feel incredibly stressful and overwhelming? This story was one of those moments for me. I can laugh about it now, only a few days later, but in the moment it was almost the final nick in the fragile dam that was holding my emotional well-being together. Last week I was sitting at home caring for two children ages 4 and 18 months old. I am a live-in nanny and am responsible for the part-time care of these kids and their 3 older siblings who are school age. Normally I only work a few hours a week for the family, but this particular week, both parents had gone out of town on short notice so I found myself on child care duty 24/7. A Knock at the Door I was sitting at the kitchen table getting some work done and the kids were in the other room playing quietly when a loud knock rapped on the door. I got up and walked to the door expecting a neighbor’s child asking to play with the 4 year old. Instead, when I opened the door, I was immediately overwhelmed by the smell of natural gas. Standing in the doorway was an animal control police officer. “Do you smell that natural gas?” he asked. “Well, now I do. I couldn’t smell it before I opened the door.” “Well, I’m going to take a look around. Is anyone else at home?” “I’ve got two small kids here with me.” “Okay. Stay inside and I’ll let you know what I find.” Behind him I could see a neighbor lady, her kids in a stroller, with a concerned look on her face peering around the officer. I shut the door and went to inspect the various rooms of the home to see if I could smell anything inside. A few minutes later another knock sounded and I went to answer the door.
  • 2. “Ma’am, I think I’ve found the source of the smell. Your gas is leaking. I’ve called the fire department and I’m gonna have to ask you to get the children and leave the home immediately until they come find out what’s wrong.” I hurried to grab shoes, the diaper bag, my computer, and snacks for the children. I went into the room where they were playing and took each of them by the hand and walked out of the house suddenly feeling like a homeless bag-lady with two small kids. The neighbor generously offered to let us come to her home while we waited for the response team to show up. Kids Out Once I got the kids settled at her house, I walked back to wait and see what was wrong so that I could call the homeowners with the information. It must have been a slow week because no less than EIGHT response vehicles showed up. Two fire trucks, three ambulances, a police truck, the original animal control officer’s truck and the truck of another animal control officer (who was bored and in the area) were all parked in front of my house. Ultimately the fire fighters found the leak outside the home, checked the home to make sure it was safe to be inside, and called the gas company to come out and fix the line. (After their initial inspection of the leak on the day of, they didn’t fix until a week later. But that’s another story for another day.) Luckily all of us were able to stay safe and the leak was small. If the situation had been worse we might have had to leave the home while they turned off the gas until the leak could be dug up and fixed or, if the leak had been inside, we would have had to tear down walls until the leak could be located and repaired. The moral of this story is, when it rains, it pours and it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you are in need of a general contractor in Blackfoot, Idaho, give MBA Construction a call. We have the skills and expertise to make your project a reality. Photo Pin: Jason Eppink, Lane Pearman, Grant Hutchinson

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