Natural Gas Awareness
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How to Know Where a Pipeline is Located.
Since the Natural Gas pipelines are built underground, line markers are used to indicate the approximate location of the pipelines. It is important to familiarize yourself with any pipeline markers that exist on your property. If you ever damage or knock over one of these pipeline markers, contact Childersburg Water, Sewer, and Gas Board or Alabama Once-Call so it can be replaced right away.
How Safe is Natural Gas?
Childersburg Water, Sewer, and Gas Board provides natural gas in coated plastic, stell, and cast iron pipelines throughout the area. There are more than 300,000 miles of natural gas pipelines in the United States. According to the National Transportation Safety Board statistics, pipelines are the safest method of transporting oil and gas. The potential hazards of natural gas leak are environmental damage, fire, and explosion. It is extremely unlikely that a leak will occur, but this information will prepare you in the event of an emergency.
Call Before You Dig. It’s the Law.
State law requires that you call 811 (Alabama One-Call) at least 48 hours before digging, ditching, drilling, leveling, or plowing by hand or machine. The service is free of charge.
Detecting a Natural Gas Leak.
LOOK for bubbling creeks or ponds, blowing dirt, dry spots in moist areas, or dead plants surrounded by green, live plants.
LISTEN for an unusual hissing sound near gas lines or appliances.
SMELL a rotten egg-like odor. Take action even if there is only a faint odor.
Take Action for Natural Gas Safety
LEAVE the area immediately. Do not try to find or stop the leak.
DO NOT TOUCH, do not smoke, use a cell phone, flashlight, turn on or off any lights, or use appliances or any kind of equipment that could create a spark.
DIAL Immediately notify us at 256-378-6063 during working hours, 8:00 – 4:00, Monday through Friday. Call 256-761-1556 during non-working hours. If the smell of gas is strong, or if there is a fire, call 911.