Tony H asked in Environment · 1 decade ago

Is natural gas harmful?

Are gas leaks poisonous or toxic? What other hazards are there besides the possibility of explosion and catching fire etc.

8 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Natural gas is extremely toxic.

    Natural gas has no odor, so the gas companies add stinky mercaptans to it so leaks will be easily detected.

    To find out all of the associated hazards, check the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

  • 6 years ago

    Natural gas is NOT toxic. However, if you are breathing a mixture of air and natural gas and the natural gas constitutes more than 25% of the air mixture, it may deprive you of sufficient oxygen to support your ongoing life. You could die from suffocation, but not from any poisonous quality of the natural gas. A far greater danger is that a mixture of air and natural gas becomes explosive with enough natural gas in it, and if that mixture contacts an open flame (such as a pilot light in an appliance) is a spark (such as when a light switch is turned on), a huge explosion can result. They put an odorant (mercaptan) in natural gas to make it smell awful so that if it is leaking into your home, you can smell it. Long before a 25% concentration, the smell would be so bad you'd almost certainly do something about it, hopefully before a massive explosion.

  • 1 decade ago

    Natural gas , CH4, methane, has no odor naturally. It has mercaptan, a sulfur compound added so you will smell it if there is a leak. As you said it is explosive and flamable. It is not toxic but deprives you of oxygen.

  • 1 decade ago

    Gas leaks are toxic.Other hazards are Permanent Disability,Disfigurement,Blindness,death,implosion,

    Source(s): My Brain and paying attention in class XD
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you are talking about the sort of gas supplied to houses to cook with, yes. In enough concentration, you would be deprived of oxygen, and would suffocate.

  • Gene
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Natural gas will kill you if inhaled in sufficient amounts.

  • 1 decade ago

    Only if you breath it.

    Source(s): Columbia Gas Worker outside my house.
  • 1 decade ago

    yeah ever watch jarhead??

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