Safety First: Nat­u­ral Gas Guide­lines You Should Know Be­fore, Dur­ing and Af­ter Se­vere Weather

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AT­LANTA – Fore­casts call for the 2018 hur­ri­cane sea­son to be slightly above av­er­age. There­fore, At­lanta Gas Light cus­tomers should pre­pare now to keep them­selves and their fam­i­lies safe be­fore any nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring weather event.

Hur­ri­cane sea­son, a six- month pe­riod that be­gins June 1 and lasts through Novem­ber, is typ­i­cally the time of year when the po­ten­tial for trop­i­cal de­pres­sions, trop­i­cal storms or hur­ri­canes peaks. This pe­riod also can lead to tor­na­dos and other re­lated weather emer­gen­cies, such as flood­ing.

At­lanta Gas Light is pro­vid­ing the fol­low­ing rec­om­mended guide­lines as­so­ci­ated with nat­u­ral gas safety dur­ing a weather emer­gency: De­tect­ing Gas Leaks If cus­tomers smell the dis­tinc­tive rot­tenegg odor as­so­ci­ated with nat­u­ral gas, they should leave the area im­me­di­ately and move a safe dis­tance away from the po­ten­tial leak, while avoid­ing any ac­tion that may cause sparks.

They should never try to iden­tify the source of a leak or stop the leak them­selves.

They should avoid us­ing any sources of ig­ni­tion, such as cell phones, cig­a­rettes, matches, flash­lights, elec­tronic de­vices, mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cles, light switches or land­lines, as nat­u­ral gas can ig­nite from a spark, pos­si­bly caus­ing a fire or ex­plo­sion.

They should call the At­lanta Gas Light 24- hour emer­gency re­sponse line at 1- 877427- 4321 or 911 once they are out of the area of the sus­pected leak and in a safe place. They should also stay away un­til At­lanta Gas Light or emer­gency per­son­nel in­di­cates it is safe to re­turn. Dam­age Pre­ven­tion Strong winds and sat­u­rated grounds could cause trees to be­come up­rooted. Be­fore re­mov­ing downed trees, cus­tomers should con­tact Ge­or­gia 811 by call­ing 811 to have the lo­ca­tion of un­der­ground util­ity lines marked, be­cause downed trees could be­come tan­gled with the nat­u­ral gas lines.

If a nat­u­ral gas me­ter is dam­aged or nat­u­ral gas line is ex­posed, cus­tomers should im­me­di­ately leave the area and call the At­lanta Gas Light 24- hour emer­gency re­sponse line at 1- 877427- 4321 or 911 from a safe lo­ca­tion. Me­ter Safety Cus­tomers are en­cour­aged to know where to lo­cate their nat­u­ral gas me­ter.

Fol­low­ing a weather emer­gency, they should en­sure the nat­u­ral gas me­ter is vis­i­ble, and the area sur­round­ing the me­ter is free of trash and debris. Me­chan­i­cal equip­ment used af­ter the storm to clean up a lo­ca­tion may dam­age the me­ter if it is hid­den.

If a nat­u­ral gas me­ter is dam­aged or an un­der­ground gas line is ex­posed, cus­tomers should im­me­di­ately leave the area, and call the At­lanta Gas Light 24- hour emer­gency re­sponse line at 1- 877427- 4321 or 911 from a safe lo­ca­tion. Ap­pli­ance Safety Cus­tomers are ad­vised to leave their nat­u­ral gas ser­vice on dur­ing a hur­ri­cane or se­vere storm. Most nat­u­ral gas ap­pli­ances have safety valves that shut off the flow of gas au­to­mat­i­cally if the pi­lot light goes out.

If flood­ing oc­curs at a res­i­dence or busi­ness and the gas ap­pli­ances are un­der wa­ter, cus­tomers are ad­vised not to op­er­ate their ap­pli­ances un­til a safety in­spec­tion is con­ducted.

Nat­u­ral Gen­er­a­tors

Dur­ing a power out­age, nat­u­ral gas gen­er­a­tors pro­vide con­tin­u­ous fuel sup­ply from an ex­ist­ing nat­u­ral gas line. While these units are avail­able in a range of sizes to meet var­i­ous en­ergy needs, cus­tomers are en­cour­aged to con­tact At­lanta Gas Light prior to pur­chase and in­stal­la­tion to de­ter­mine whether their ser­vice line and me­ter meets load re­quire­ments for the gen­er­a­tor’s safe and ef­fi­cient oper­a­tion.

For in­for­ma­tion about nat­u­ral gas safety, visit www. at­lanta­gaslight. com/ safety. Gas

AT­LANTA, Ga. — Gas prices in Ge­or­gia de­clined 3 cents last week. The state av­er­age of $ 2.79 per gal­lon is the low­est daily price in 20 days.

Since peak­ing at $ 2.84 on May 27, gas prices have de­clined 14 con­sec­u­tive days for a to­tal of 6 cents. De­spite the dis­count, mo­torists are still pay­ing 59 cents per gal­lon more than this time last year.

The most ex­pen­sive gas price av­er­ages in Ge­or­gia are in At­lanta ($ 2.84), Athens ($ 2.83), and Gainesville ($ 2.80)

The least ex­pen­sive gas price av­er­ages in Ge­or­gia are in Warner Robins ($ 2.66), Au­gus­taAiken ($ 2.66), Dal­ton ($ 2.66)

“Gas prices could drop an­other 5 cents this week, un­less the mar­ket sud­denly shifts course,” said Mark Jenk­ins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. “Prices at the pump are still ad­just­ing to the re­cent drop in oil and whole­sale gaso­line, due to the po­ten­tial of in­creased crude out­put from OPEC. How­ever, there is still volatil­ity in the mar­ket, and pump prices could move higher if OPEC de­cides against eas­ing pro­duc­tion cuts at a meet­ing later this month.”

Saudi Ara­bia in­creased pro­duc­tion last month by 100,000 bar­rels a day, af­ter cur­tail­ing out­put by nearly two years. The King­dom was part of an agree­ment with other OPEC and nonOPEC oil pro­duc­ers to re­duce out­put in hopes of rais­ing oil prices. The pro­duc­tion cut worked; the oil mar­ket tight­ened and crude prices reached near 4- year highs. How­ever, there are grow­ing con­cerns that strong de­mand would soon out­pace sup­plies, and economies will suf­fer as a re­sult of the higher prices. Be­cause of this, the par­tic­i­pants in this agree­ment are set to re­con­vene on June 22 to dis­cuss in­creas­ing out­put.

U. S. crude prices set­tled at $ 65.74 per bar­rel on Fri­day - a 7 cent de­cline from the week be­fore, and $ 6.50 less than this year’s high.

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