Monthly Archives: April 2019

Indoor Air Quality-Methane in Our Houses?

None of us should be living in homes with leaking natural gas/methane that causes asthma and COPD. But some of us do. Usually we’ll smell the gas, but sometimes we become so accustomed to the odor (turning on a gas stove) that we begin to ignore it. Don’t.

Compound the known presence of leaking gas in our buildings with research showing that close to 90% of the gas that we are using in MA is sourced through fracking and a serious health threat emerges. Physicians for Social Responsibility show in their recent report Too Dirty, Too Dangerous, that numbers of the chemicals used in fracking pose serious threats to our health. Recently, researchers at Harvard, BU, and major area hospitals have begun to analyze the elements in the gas we are using and have found known carcinogens that are especially dangerous for children and seniors.

Bob Ackley of Gas Safety Inc. continues to volunteer with SAFE in tracking down indoor gas/methane leaks. Check out this video showing how Ackley tested in Salem homes in August 2018.

Through the generosity of Ackley, SAFE will continue this testing beginning again on April 12, 2019. Stay tuned for programming from SAFE on this project and other gas leaks projects this summer.

If you want to work with SAFE on gas leaks, email Pat Gozemba at salemsafe@gmail.com with the subject line “Gas Leaks.”