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Gas Safety - Part 1

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

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This month marks the anniversary of the 1994 Durham Woods gas pipeline explosion in Edison, NJ.  This sudden explosion of a 36-inch gas pipeline was caused by minor damage from a backhoe years earlier that slowly deteriorated the pipe until it ruptured causing a ball of flame and mushroom cloud so large that one pilot flying into Newark Airport reported it as a nuclear blast.

Fortunately, these incidents are very rare.  However, more mundane gas (propane or Natural gas) incidents are very common and are easily managed if you know what to do.  First, call 911.  This article is not intended to teach you what to do as an alternative to calling for professional assistance.  The fire department and gas companies are very willing to come and help.  Beyond their level of training, they have specialized tools that you won’t find in your toolbox.

Tips to prevent a gas fire/incident:

  1. Make sure all appliances that use Gas including furnaces, ovens, dryers, fireplaces, grills, etc. each have shut off valves that are easily accessible and functional.
  2. Download the SERVPRO Emergency Response Plan App and document the location of valves so you can easily share the info with friends/neighbors/first responders if you are not home.
  3. Have gas appliances serviced annually. Consider a service plan from PSE&G or NJNG which are a great value.

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