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New Cosmos Natural Gas Detector

The New Cosmos natural gas detector, which we are providing for free to East Harlem residents, monitors the air in the area of your home where the unit is installed and will sound an alarm if a potential natural gas leak is detected.

We’re providing this free natural gas detector to customers in East Harlem to help enhance gas safety in the communities we serve.

You should read the User’s Manual and Important Safety Information & Warnings for your natural gas detector. This information is also included with the unit.

How the New Cosmos Natural Gas Detector Works

If the unit detects a potential natural gas leak, the natural gas detector will beep loudly (similar to a smoke detector) and provide the following audible alarm: “Danger. Gas-leak explosion risk. Evacuate, then call 911.”

What You Should Do if the New Cosmos Natural Gas Detector’s Alarm Sounds

If at any time your natural gas detector’s alarm sounds or if you ever smell or hear a natural gas leak:

  • Evacuate immediately and take others with you.
  • Do not use a phone; light a match; turn on or off lights, flashlights, or appliances; start a car; or do anything else that could create a spark or flame and cause the gas to ignite or explode.
  • Call 911 once you are safely outside the premises. You can report leaks anonymously.
  • Do not re-enter the premises until told to do so by authorities.

Never assume that someone else will report the leak or that Con Edison and/or the fire department have already been notified.

In the event of a gas leak, you may smell natural gas before the natural gas detector’s alarm is activated. Whether or not the unit’s alarm is sounding, if you smell gas, act fast. Report the leak once you are safely outside.

How to Recognize a Gas Leak

Smell—A distinctive, strong odor similar to rotten eggs
See—A white cloud, mist, fog, bubbles in standing water, blowing dust, or vegetation that appears to be dead or dying for no reason
Hear—Roaring, hissing, or whistling

Learn more about how to prevent, detect, and report gas leaks.

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