Oh, dear. Don’t worry, the gas won’t necessarily blow your entire house off. A study from Stanford University discovered that gas stoves constantly leak methane into the air, even if they are switched off. According to Eric Lebel, the lead author of the paper, “the leaks we’re measuring are not going to be in concentrations that would normally be detected by a human nose.”
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This is because the recorded leaks were slow and constant, and did not reach the threshold where we can detect it by scent. It won’t be harmful to indoor air and human health. However, the recorded methane leaks can be harmful to the environment via global warming. Read more about the discovery here.
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