What to do:
- Pay attention to odor. A rotten-egg smell could indicate a natural gas leak in a building or from an underground line.
- Do not activate fire alarms, light switches, electrical equipment or anything else that could cause a spark.
- Call the University Police immediately by dialing 911 or 607-753-2111 to report the situation.
- Calmly provide all pertinent information, including:
- Your name, location, and contact information
- Location(s) of odors in the building
- A description of the odor (light/moderate/strong; getting worse/getting better; etc.)
- Symptoms, if any, that may be associated with the gas, such as light-headedness, nausea, headache, etc.
- Known or suspected sources of the odor (i.e., laboratory valves, hot-water heaters, etc.)
- Clear the area immediately if instructed to do so. Based on your information provided, the University Police will decide whether to evacuate an area and dispatch responders.
- Once outside, move away from any apparent source. Try to get upwind of the leak so it blows away from you.
- If you have knowledge that may assist in evaluating the source of the leak, meet emergency responders as they arrive on-site.
- Do not return to the building until instructed by emergency personnel.
For additional information contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office at 607-753-2508.