Staying Safe at Work with Natural Gas
We take safety seriously and know you do, too. Natural gas is a clean, dependable natural resource but it can also be a safety hazard. Part of ensuring we deliver safe and reliable natural gas to your business – is equipping you with the right information to help prevent incidents and keep customers and workers safe.
Keep employees safe by having company gas appliances inspected annually by a licensed professional, and don’t store anything near a gas appliance that might interfere with normal airflow. Also, never use or store combustible and flammable items in the same room or near gas or heat-producing appliances.
Do you know how to recognize a gas pipeline leak? Natural gas is flammable and something as simple as a spark can serve as an ignition source. Use your sense of sight, hearing and smell and any of the following signs to alert you to the presence of a gas leak:
Dirt or wind being blown in the air
A fire or explosion near a pipeline
Dead or dying vegetation (in an otherwise moist area) over or near pipeline areas
Exposed pipeline after an earthquake, fire, flood or other disaster
An unusual sound, such as hissing, whistling or roaring near a pipeline
The distinctive odor of natural gas, however, some people may not be able to smell the odor because they have a diminished sense of smell, olfactory fatigue or because the odor is being masked by other nearby odors like cooking or must.
Call before you dig
To avoid the hazards – and costs – of damaging underground utilities, contact DigAlert at 811 or digalert.org at least two working days before you dig. DigAlert will arrange for buried utility-owned lines to be located and marked – free. If you damage a pipeline, call SDG&E right away at 1-800-411-7343. No damage is too small to report. Even a slight gouge, scrape or dent could cause a big problem, such as a gas leak.
Find more information on gas safety at sdge.com/gassafety.