Natural Gas Safety Newsletter

First On Scene Procedures

Fire Dept.

  • Park up wind of incident.
  • Establish traffic control, approach scene cau­tiously
  • Remember natural gas can migrate beyond the immediate area
  • Evacuate the area
  • Don not try to stop the natural gas leak
  • Gas will follow the path of least resistance, includ­ing migrating into base­ments and sewers
  • If natural gas has ignited, do not try to put the fire out, burning natural gas

Fire Dept.

Pipellne Safety In your Community

We want to make sure you are aware of our continuing efforts to keep your community safe. Knowing the signs of a natural gas leak, practicing safe digging and being aware of proper land use near pipelines all go a long way to keeping you and your family safe. We provide safety training for emergency responders, EMA officials, public officials, excavators and other utility employees' on proper response to any incident involving natural gas. The safety of the public and first responders is our first priority when responding to a natural gas emergency. The resources provided in this brochure are meant to serve as guidelines for trained and skilled public safety personnel in the handling of a natural gas emergency.

Important Natural Gas Facts:

  • Natural Gas is naturally colorless, tasteless, odorless & lighter than air
  • Mercaptan, is a chemical added to Natural Gas, giving it an odor similar to ''rotten egg''
  • Natural Gas appliances should be serviced annually, to check for proper working conditions
  • To burn, Natural Gas must be mixed with air and have access to an ignition source
  • natural gasIgnition sources can be anything with an open flame like pilot lights, matches, stoves or ovens. Ignition sources also include most items with an on/off switch such as indoor lights, cell phones, 
    automobiles & garage door openers
  • Carbon Dioxide and Water Vapor are the main products released when there is complete combustion of Natural Gas!
  • Carbon Monoxide is produced from incomplete combustion. Service of appliances should only be done by trained individual!

Questions? Call: (205)-674-3219