In October, Puget Sound Energy plans to include a scratch-and-sniff pamphlet inside energy bills sent to customers to help them identify the smell of a natural gas leak.
After scratching, the pamphlet will release a distinctive, sulfur-like smell similar to that of rotten eggs, according to PSE. While natural gas is odorless and colorless, utility companies typically add an odorant called mercaptan.
“Every family needs to know that ‘rotten egg’ odor of natural gas so they can recognize, react and report a gas leak around their home or elsewhere,” said Andy Wappler, vice president of corporate affairs for PSE, in a press release. “Safety comes first, and having your family know what to do is our top priority.”
The pamphlet also includes other natural gas safety tips.