Public Works Department - Natural Gas Public Awareness Message

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Public Works Department - Natural Gas Public Awareness Message



Natural Gas Public Awareness Message

Waynesboro Gas asks you to call before digging in your yardCall 811 before digging. It's the law. The National Transportation Safety Board states that pipelines provide the highest level of public safety as compared to others transportation modes. Everyday natural gas pipelines safely carry one of the world's reliable, efficient and environmentally friendly fuels to businesses, homes and neighborhoods like yours. Preventing pipeline emergencies is important to Waynesboro gas. We are part of this community and we're committed to delivering natural gas safely to our neighbors.

As good neighbors do, you can help, here's how.

Though natural gas pipeline incidents are rare, you should know these signs.

Look. Blowing dirt, bubbling water, dry spots in moist areas or dead plants surrounded by green plants may indicate a natural gas leak.

Listen. If you hear a hissing sound near a natural gas appliance or pipe it may be natural gas leaking.

Smell. Be aware of the distinctive, rotten egg - like smell of natural gas. You should take action anytime you detect even a small amount of this odor.

Don't break the law - call before you dig!

Did you know that excavation work, including digging in the yard and plowing is the most common cause of natural gas pipeline damage. Before beginning excavation of any kind, state law requires that you call TENNESSEE ONE CALL at 811 so all utility lines can be clearly marked by professionals prior to any digging. This is a free call so don't break the law.

If you suspect a leak take these actions:

  • Leave! If you ever detect a natural gas leak LEAVE IMMEDIATELY. Don't try to find or stop the leak.

  • Do Not Touch Anything Electrical before you leave or use a telephone - not even a cell phone!

  • Do not smoke, turn appliances on or off or operate any vehicle or equipment that could create a spark.

  • Call 911 immediately once you are out of the suspected area.

For more information on natural gas safety call Waynesboro Gas at 931-722-5458