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Staying Safe at Work with Natural Gas

By SDG&E



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:

1. Look

  • 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

2. Listen

  • An unusual sound, such as hissing, whistling or roaring near a pipeline

3. Smell

  • 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.