Natural gas is one of the most common and affordable forms of energy to residential consumers. Although relatively safe and very efficient, consumers of natural gas should be aware of possible hazards to better protect their homes and families.
Gas Line Leaks
Gas line leakage is rare, but can be extremely dangerous. Natural gas buildup in an enclosed area can cause illness or even an explosion. Gas pipe leaks can also happen outside the home and are equally as dangerous. Before doing any job that requires digging outdoors, homeowners should call their local utility company to identify and mark the gas lines before digging begins.
- Do not use your cell phone until safely out of the house
- Shut off gas valves at your home
- Do not turn on or off any electrical appliances
- Do not smoke or use any open flame.
- Get safe distance away from the house, and then call 911 and the utility company.
- If a natural gas line is damaged when digging outside, call your local utility company immediately. Do not attempt a gas line repair.
Preventing gas leaks in the home is as easy as scheduling regular gas line inspections and ensuring proper installation of gas lines by licensed professionals.