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Gas Pipeline Leaks

Learn the signs.

Leaks from natural gas pipelines, although rare, can be a fire hazard. It is important to know how to recognize them and what to do in case one occurs in your community.

Natural gas in pipelines usually has a distinctive odor, but not always. So you must use all your senses to detect a leak. Stay alert for any or all of the following signs: a sulfur-like or rotten-egg smell; a hissing or roaring sound; dirt spraying or blowing into the air from a hole in the ground; continual bubbling in water; or grass or plants dead or dying for no apparent reason.

What to do if you suspect a gas pipeline leak:

1. Go far away from the area immediately and move to a safe location. Do NOT go back until safety officials say it is safe.                                    
2. Call 911 and the local natural gas utility.                                                             
3. Warn others to stay away.                                                                       
4. Unless you are a safe distance away, do not use electricity or fire. Even the tiniest spark from a match, phone, flashlight, or electrical device (even a doorbell or radio) could ignite the gas.                                                                  



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