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6 Ways to Keep Your Gas Line Safe

Natural gas is without question the most potentially dangerous item in your home. The results of negligence and carelessness with this explosive and flammable resource can have devastating effects. As such, we believe your efforts to maintain a safe gas environment, while preparing for the worst, deserve extra consideration.

Gas lines must be properly installed, maintained, and monitored frequently. Otherwise, very serious consequences can be the result.

Here are some rules to observe if you heat your home or power any appliances with a natural gas product:

  • When performing construction projects around or near your service meter, never pour concrete or put asphalt around the rigid gas delivery service pipe leading to the meter. The pipe must remain in soft and pliable dirt to accommodate any seismic activity.
  • Know the location of your gas meter and do not allow it to be exposed or damaged by accidental contact. Should the potential exist for being run into by a vehicle, place heavy metal pipes in concrete around the meter. You can inform your utility provider of your concerns. They may offer to assist you.
  • Keep a gas line shutoff wrench accessible in the event of an emergency. It's acceptable to secure the wrench to the meter for quick access. The shut-off valve typically only needs to be turned 1/4 turn to close off delivery.

  • Review all gas line connections to appliances within your home to insure they have a separate shutoff valve, and are connected properly to the rigid service line by either yellow epoxy-coated flexible or corrugated stainless steel piping.
  • Take a moment to review the location of your meter. Standing at the meter, look directly overhead. Are you positioned within the drip line of the roof's edge? If so, it's possible melting water and snow from the roof and refreezing on the meter could create an unsafe environment within the house. Consult with your gas provider for the preferred solution.
  • Never begin digging in your yard to install or replace fence posts, trees, bushes, etc. without calling your local utility company for delivery piping location information.

Also, take a moment to check out this video on shutting down gas meters and propane tanks.