BGE gives tips on nat­u­ral gas leak safety

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With colder tem­per­a­tures and the heat­ing sea­son on the hori­zon, BGE would like to re­mind cus­tomers to fa­mil­iar­ize them­selves with the nat­u­ral gas safety tips pro­vided in BGE’s nat­u­ral gas safety brochure which is be­ing distributed to homes and busi­nesses in and around BGE’s nat­u­ral gas ser­vice area. Cus­tomers should be mind­ful that house­holds and busi­nesses not served di­rectly by nat­u­ral gas are still in prox­im­ity to BGE’s and other op­er­a­tors’ gas equip­ment.

“Many of our cus­tomers will be in­creas­ing their use of nat­u­ral gas as cooler tem­per­a­tures be­gin ar­riv­ing in the Mid-At­lantic re­gion so we are ask­ing them to be mind­ful of nat­u­ral gas safety now and year-round,” said Christo­pher Bur­ton, vice pres­i­dent of Gas Distri­bu­tion for BGE. “It’s also im­por­tant for our cus­tomers to have their heat­ing sys­tems checked and in­spected by a qual­i­fied tech­ni­cian to en­sure safe and ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tion.”

BGE’s nat­u­ral gas safety brochure is be­ing mailed to all cus­tomers. The brochure pro­vides in­for­ma­tion in English and Span­ish, de­tail­ing how to rec­og­nize and re­port nat­u­ral gas leaks. A scratc­hand-sniff odor in­di­ca­tor is in­cluded that re­minds cus­tomers about “mer­cap­tan,” a safety ad­di­tive that BGE and other util­i­ties put in nat­u­ral gas to give it a dis­tinc­tive rot­ten egg odor that makes gas eas­ier to de­tect. The brochure also re­minds cus­tomers to call Miss Util­ity at 811 prior to dig­ging any­where— from large con­struc­tion jobs to home land­scap­ing and gar­den­ing projects.

If you de­tect a gas leak:

• Leave the build­ing or area im­me­di­ately and go to a safe place where you can call BGE, toll free, 24 hours a day at 1.800.685.0123.

• Ex­tin­guish all open flames. Do not use matches or lighters and do not at­tempt to light an ap­pli­ance.

• Do not use any phones, elec­tric switches, ther­mostats or ap­pli­ance con­trols. All of these de­vices, in­clud­ing bat­tery op­er­ated equip­ment, can cause sparks, and ig­nite nat­u­ral gas.

• Do not start or turn off ve­hi­cles or mo­tor­ized equip­ment. Aban­don any mo­tor­ized equip­ment you may be op­er­at­ing.

• Do not at­tempt to find the source of the leak or to re­pair a leak. When you call, BGE will re­spond promptly to sur­vey the area, per­form safety mea­sures, and re­pair BGE’s equip­ment. There is no charge to in­ves­ti­gate a gas leak.

For more in­for­ma­tion on nat­u­ral gas safety and to view an elec­tronic ver­sion of BGE’s nat­u­ral gas safety brochure, visit bge.com/nat­u­ral­gas­safety.

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