The natural gas industry and its distribution network are routinely subject to rigorous inspection, maintenance and oversight within the company and at the federal and state level. This includes the promulgation of a pipeline integrity management rule that requires periodic pipeline inspections and repairs as necessary.
Natural gas utilities and pipelines undertake a wide range of safety programs, including:
Homeowners protect yourself from injury. Before planting trees, shrubs, installing fences, mail boxes or whatever excavating activities you are doing, make a call to your one call center. Call 811 at least three business days before you dig, auger, or move dirt in any way. Year to date, homeowners have damaged numerous gas facilities. Remember for your safety and to minimize expensive repair bills, call to have your gas facilities located prior to any digging.
Awareness of Hazards and Prevention Measures
If you come in contact with a natural gas pipeline leak take the following steps:
Learn the warning signs of natural gas pipeline leaks:
What to do when a leak occurs:
Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. Assure that fuel-burning appliances are installed, maintained, and used properly and safely. That includes having an annual inspection of heating and venting equipment by a "qualified heating and plumbing shop" prior to the heating season, and the use of a carbon monoxide alarm that meets current standards.