imitating life here.
write this, Iím waiting for our utility to replace a 1924
steel gas line that was found to be leaking.
gas is off for a couple of hours, and a three-man crew is
digging up the street in front of my house to fix the problem,
thanks to a detection unit that roams our street once a year,
as required by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
happens between visits?
is up to you, and the utilities have made it easier.
gas is a colorless, odorless hydrocarbon thatís nearly 100
primarily composed of methane, with small amounts of ethane,
nitrogen, and carbon dioxide also part of its chemical makeup.
safety purposes, a chemical odorant is added, which makes the
presence of gas detectable.
company PSE&G, which employs the three fellows working in
my neighborhood, offers this advice if you smell gas in your
all open flames. No smoking. Do not light any appliances.
touch electric switches, thermostats, appliance controls, or
electric panel breakers. Doing so may cause sparks that could
lead to an ignition.
use an automatic garage door opener.
start your car if it is in the garage or in close proximity to
windows and outside doors for ventilation.
odor is strong, donít use your telephone or cellphone inside
the house. Leave the premises on foot and call the utility
from a neighborís home and remain outside until the
emergency crew arrives.
assume that someone else will report the condition. (Utilities
typically do not charge their customers for responding to
basement has flooded and needs to be pumped out and you have
access to the gas control, turn it off before pumping out the
unable to turn the gas off yourself, contact your local fire
or municipal authorities before pumping out your basement.