Safety signage helps children spot gas leaks
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
Safety signage has been used as part of a project to help children know how to "sniff out" possible gas leaks.
Pupils at Marine Park Primary School in South Shields were visited last week by members of Northern Gas Networks (NGN), which is responsible for Tyneside's gas pipeline, the Shields Gazette reports.
They examined health and safety signage, barriers and cones, and tried on personal protection equipment, as well as being told about the dangers of leakages at local gas excavation sites and being warned not to play near them.
And they know what smell to look out for: odourless gas is given the smell of rotting cabbage, making a potential leak easily identifiable.
"The pupils of Marine Park Primary School are now great ambassadors for safety," Jackie Whittaker, customer liaison officer at NGN, told the newspaper.
"They have all promised to spread the word about the dangers of playing near these excavations and they now know what gas smells like."
Anyone who suspects a gas leak should call the National Gas Emergency Service.
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