GENERAL GAS SAFETY
Every day, over two million miles of underground pipeline safely transports and distributes natural gas to more than 68 million homes and businesses like yours. Carrying one of the safest, most reliable and environmentally friendly fuels in use today, this pipeline system is buried underground not only for safety reasons, but also to protect it from the weather and ensure uninterrupted service.
Propane, another extremely safe, environmentally friendly fuel source, is transported through a network of high-strength steel delivery trucks, trains and underground pipelines.
Both natural gas and propane’s transportation network is closely monitored and regulated by the United States Department of Transportation.
Propane and natural gas companies work hard to protect their pipelines and underground storage tanks from natural hazards and third-party damage. In addition to installing highly visible pipeline markers, many natural gas companies perform aerial, ground and marine inspections; conduct annual leak surveys; and install sophisticated leak detection equipment. To safeguard propane use, the National Propane Gas Association and the Propane Education & Research Council sponsor a comprehensive safety inspection program and a Certified Employee Training Program for propane handlers and technicians.
To build awareness, natural gas and propane companies also offer public education programs, meet regularly with public and emergency officials and conduct training sessions for excavators and emergency responders.
While it’s unlikely that a problem could occur, incidents do happen. That’s why it’s important for everyone to learn about gas safety.
- Read our Home Safety Tips for natural gas and propane DOs and DON’Ts
- Stay safe when cooking with our Gas Grill Safety Tips
- Download Homeowner Safety Materials from your local gas provider
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