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Gas stove question
nic14120 posted:
I am 29 weeks pregnant and last night my husband didn't shut the oven as he thought he did, and four hours later I woke to a heavy gas smell in my lower level. I shut the oven, opened the kitchen window and my bedroom window as well to ventalate. I still can smell the lingering gas smell, but I am so worried this could have hurt or can still hurt my baby. I have a co detector that didn't go off, but I am still so scared I breathed this in for hours. :(
georgiagail responded:
The biggest concern is carbon monoxide (well, other than an explosion which isn't an issue here). You mentioned that you have a CO detector and I'm going to assume it's working properly (i.e.,it's either wired in or the batteries are still "alive").

Such detectors are designed to go off when even a small amount of CO is detected; at far lower rates than what are harmful to humans. Because yours did not go off, it is unlikely that the oven being on caused a problem.

Remember that gas itself has no odor; the odor that we smell with a leak is an odorant that the gas company puts in to warn up of leaks. This odor tends to linger even when the room has been cleared of gas.


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