To teach students about the origins of natural gas, how gas gets to us, and basic safety practices around gas appliances.
Introduce the relevant vocabulary words in boldface below before showing the video.
Methane is a hydrocarbon gas that is the key ingredient in natural gas.
Natural gas, found deep in the earth, is the product of decayed plants and animals.
Mercaptan is a chemical with the smell of rotten eggs. It is added to natural gas so people will know if gas is leaking. If you notice this smell, go to a safe location and call your gas utility.
Natural gas is pumped up through a well and sent through many miles of large pipes to neighborhoods. Smaller pipes carry it into homes, schools, and businesses where it is used to run various appliances such as heaters, dryers, water heaters, and stoves.
A pilot light is the small blue flame of some gas appliances that is always burning.
You should never store flammable objects or liquids near natural gas appliances. The pilot light could set them on fire.
Make a bumper sticker about natural gas safety.