Gas pipelines are part of rural spaces in our country and are essential to the nation’s industries. They are considered the safest most reliable and efficient manner of transporting natural gas or other petroleum products. The companies running these pipelines must work hard to maintain a safe and reliable system to avoid the occasional leak or damage that may occur. In case a natural gas pipeline gets damaged it will result in severe injury or death through ignition, explosion or asphyxiation.
It therefore becomes very important to take active steps to ensure that the health, safety and security of the communities and the environment along these pipelines are well maintained. The companies involved should conduct routine monitoring and patrolling of the pipelines to ensure safety of the people around them. Likewise communities settled alongside must report emergencies like gas odor or anything suspicious.
In case you detect gaseous smells there are certain precautions to be taken immediately.
- Leave the surrounding site immediately and warn others.
- Don’t turn on or off any electrical appliances – not even battery switches or cell phones so as to avoid creating a spark.
- Call emergency services immediately from another location.
There are several signs that can indicate a leak is present. If you see any of these signs, please notify immediately to get going with investigation of the situation.
- Hissing sound or odor of gas near a pipeline.
- Ice formation on the ground above a pipeline.
- Distressed or dead vegetation above a pipeline.
Gas pipes have a job of their own to do and shouldn’t be used for anything else – certainly not clothes-lines, free-form closets or grounds for electrical appliances. Avoid damp corrosive environments around gas pipes and take corrective action if you see a badly corroded pipe. Call and report this condition of a badly corroded pipe immediately.