A Community by the River

Borough of Brielle, NJ

October 1, 2015

October 01 2015

Natural Gas Safety Advisory

Wall, NJ - With a strong system on track to potentially affect our area, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) reminds customers to take precautions before, during and after hazardous weather conditions. Current forecasts predict Hurricane Joaquin to bring heavy rain and wind gusts throughout our service area as early as this weekend. With the impending weather, NJNG has crews on standby to ensure safe, reliable service to its customers and respond to any natural gas-related emergencies. “While we do not anticipate service interruptions, our team is ready to handle any situation that may arise as a result of the storm,” said Kathleen T. Ellis, chief operating officer of New Jersey Natural Gas.

NJNG advises customers to follow the natural gas protocols outlined below to ensure their safety during severe weather. More importantly, we recommend customers follow all guidelines set forth by state and local emergency management officials.

Before the Storm:
Check around the outside of your house for any loose items that could blow around and damage your house.
Do not attempt to turn natural gas service off at the meter. Natural gas is distributed through underground pipelines; in most cases, your service should continue without interruption. Natural gas service should only be turned on or off by utility personnel.
In the event of an evacuation, please do not turn off your natural gas service at the meter.

During and After the Storm:
If you smell natural gas, immediately leave the premises and call 800-GAS-LEAK (800-427-5325) from a safe location. DO NOT use a lighter or telephone; switch on/off appliances, lights or even a flashlight on the premises where you smell natural gas as they can create a spark.
A natural gas leak can be detected by smell, sight or sound.
SMELL - Since natural gas is colorless and has no scent, a strong odorant is added that smells like rotten eggs to help you detect possible leaks.
SIGHT - Look for dirt blowing in the air, bubbles in standing water or discolored or dead vegetation around the pipeline area.
SOUND - Listen for an unusual noise like roaring, hissing or whistling.

DO NOT attempt to turn off your natural gas service at the meter. The valve should be turned on or off by emergency utility personnel only.
DO NOT extinguish or re-ignite a pilot light on your appliances. In the event a pilot light goes out, call a qualified plumber, contractor or NJNG for a safety inspection.
Should water get into your heating system and /or water heater, or if your natural gas meter is damaged by fallen debris, call our 24-hour response line at 800-GAS-LEAK (427-5325).
Ensure there is a clear path to your natural gas meter and regulator and keep the area around them free of obstructions; and make sure the meter, piping and vents are clear, visible and accessible at all times to allow easy access by NJNG employees and first responders in case of an emergency.

NJNG customer service representatives are on standby to address customers’ needs. For the latest information throughout the storm, relative to NJNG service, follow us at Facebook.com/NewJerseyNaturalGas.

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