Safety around Natural Gas Lines

Stay safe with natural gas!

The recent gas explosion in Dallas that ripped a house apart, and resulted in the death of a 12-year-old girl, and the continued pipe leaks caused by soil movement around old pipes has everyone with older gas lines concerned for their safety.
Caution is a very good thing when it comes to natural gas!
Gas leaks in older lines, like the ones in our area, often occur underground, and the leak is a slow gradual one, and often goes undected for days, as was the case in Dallas.
The questions circulating on the NextDoor site dealt with the age of our lines and how to detect a gas leak. When in doubt, you think it might be gas, but you are not sure, make the call! Leave the area and then call 911 and Atmos Energy at 866-322-8667.

Atmos Energy teams inspect pipelines often and use 
advanced equipment for detecting leaks.

To protect yourself and others, be aware of what to do if you ever smell natural gas and how to prevent incidents involving natural gas pipelines.
Federal and state regulations require utilities to odorize natural gas so that the gas is readily detectable by a person with a normal sense of smell. Technicians routinely monitor the odorant concentration with instruments throughout the pipeline system.
If you ever smell leaking natural gas, do not wait. Leave the premises immediately. Do not rely on your sense of smell alone to detect the presence of natural gas. Use your other senses — smell, listen or look — to check for telltale signs of a leak.
If you think there’s a leak:
Leave the area immediately and tell others to leave.
Leave any doors or windows open.
Don’t turn on or off any electric switch;
this could cause a spark, igniting the gas.
Don’t use a cellphone, telephone, garage door opener, 
doorbell or even a flashlight.
Don’t smoke, use a lighter or strike a match.
Don’t start or stop a nearby vehicle or machinery.
Don’t try to shut off a natural gas valve.
Once you are safely out of the area, call 911 and Atmos Energy at 866-322-8667. Do not assume someone else will report the leak.
Atmos Energy will send a trained technician immediately to investigate at no cost. If a leak is detected, they will then advise you what you need to do next.