Prevent potentially dangerous natural gas conditions by calling before you dig to avoid digging into or nicking a buried gas line. It also is a wise and effective safety measure to maintain gas appliances properly and hire a qualified contractor to routinely inspect them to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Learn to recognize a natural gas leak
It is important for you to know how to recognize potentially dangerous natural gas leaks, so use your senses:
How to respond to a natural gas leak
If you suspect a gas leak, immediately get everyone out of your home or building, move a safe distance away and then call for help. Because an electric spark can ignite an explosion, remember to follow these tips:
Does your home have corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST)?
Across the nation for more than a decade during building construction, contractors have installed corrugated stainless steel tubing. It is a flexible, stainless steel pipe used to carry natural gas (or propane) and is often routed below, through and alongside joists in basements or in other areas of homes, businesses or industrial buildings. It delivers natural gas inside the building to appliances.
At a minimum, please visit csstsafety.com (external link) to learn more. We also encourage you to hire a licensed electrician to ensure that your CSST system is properly bonded and grounded. Doing both will better protect your safety by reducing a person’s risk to electric shock and damage to the tubing (pipe) if lightening or other electrical surges occur. A damaged pipe can result in leaking gas, a fire or explosion.
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