Gas Safety Newsletter - June 2019
Use your senses to detect gas leaks.
- SMELL: Natural gas is odorless. A strong odor similar to rotten eggs is added so you can detect it fast.
- SIGHT: Outdoors you may see a white cloud, mist, fog, and bubbles in standing water. You may see blowing dust. Vegetation in the area may appear to be dying.
- SOUND: You may hear an unusual noise like roaring, hissing or whistling.
Excess flow valve available.
Meter inspections are required.
Our employees and contractors carry photo identification cards. Without the proper ID, don’t let them in.
Keep your family safe with alarms.
- A smoke alarm senses smoke indicating a fire.
- A carbon monoxide (CO) detector sounds an alarm when carbon monoxide is present in the air.
- A residential methane detector (RMD) signals methane in the air indicating a gas leak.
Request a service disconnection before major projects.
- Contact National Grid in advance to get the required application to disconnect gas service and remove the meter at 1-800-930-5003.
- Be clear about work being done. A shutoff, for example, is only used during tenant/owner transitions and not during major construction.
- Do not begin work until you receive a service line disconnect letter. Local municipalities often seek this before issuing a permit.
- An owner or contractor may apply for the letter on behalf of the property owner. The owner must provide an affidavit authorizing work.
Call 811 before you dig.
Use outdoor gas appliances safely.
- Make sure the gas grill is turned off or disconnected before cleaning.
- Check the metal tubes under each burner for signs of spiders, insects and nests which can block gas flow possibly causing a fire. Models with spider guards can prevent this problem. Clean regularly.
- Use a small flexible brush to remove debris from the metal tube and a thin wire to gently clean the holes or ports of each burner.
Natural gas patio heaters, fireplaces, pools:
- Have a certified contractor run a gas line.
- Keep outdoor appliances a safe distance away from your house or any building.