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posted: 4/29/2014 1:01 AM

Natural gas safety tips

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If you suspect a natural gas leak:• Leave immediately and go to a safe location.

• Do not try to locate the source of the leak.

• Do not use electrical devices, like lights, phones or garage door openers.

• Do not try to shut off any natural gas valves.

• Do not use an open flame, matches or lighters.

• Do not start vehicles parked in the area

• Call 911 from a safe place.

Signs of a natural gas leak• 'Rotten egg' smell

• Dead or discolored vegetation in an otherwise green area

• Dirt or dust blowing from a hole in the ground

• Bubbling in wet or flooded areas

• Blowing or hissing sound

• Flames, if a leak has ignited

To prevent natural gas leaks• Have a qualified technician service gas appliances regularly. They also will check for outdated and unsafe flexible gas connector hoses.

• Always call JULIE at 811 or (800) 892-0123 before digging to avoid hitting a buried pipe.

• Turn off all burners completely on the stove or oven after use.

• Call your local supplier or fire department.

Source: Countryside Fire Protection District

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