AtlantaAnd the June 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season has arrived, and Atlanta Gas Light encourages its customers to prepare for an active Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters forecast 19 specific storms and nine hurricanes.
The Atlanta Gas Light’s number one value is safety and the company reminds customers to keep safety first as they prepare for the threat of severe weather this hurricane season. Atlanta Gas Light offers the following natural gas safety tips for customers to remember:
- Find out the location of your natural gas meter.
- Do Not Try to turn off the gas supply at the meter. Only the Atlanta Gas Light or emergency team should turn the valve on or off.
- Leaving the natural gas meters on helps maintain the proper pressure in the gas lines. It can also prevent water from entering the fuel lines in the event of a flood.
- After severe weather, make sure that your natural gas meter is visible, and that the area around the meter is free of rubbish and debris. Mechanical equipment used during storm cleaning may damage the meter if it is hidden.
- If the natural gas meter is damaged or the underground gas line is damaged, leave the area immediately and call 911 or the 24-hour Atlanta Gas Light Emergency Response Line at 1-877-427-4321 from a safe location.
Device Safety – Before and After the Storm
- Leave natural gas appliances plugged in in extreme weather. Most modern gas appliances have safety valves that automatically shut off the flow of natural gas if gas pressure is lost or the appliances overflow.
- If you are not comfortable leaving your appliances plugged in, contact a certified plumber or HVAC representative to shut off your appliances at the cut-off valves. When it is safe to do so, have them turn the valves back on, test for leaks in the line and make sure the machine is safe to operate.
- In the event of a flood occurring at your property and the gas appliances are underwater, please do not use the appliances until a safety check has been performed by a certified plumber or HVAC representative.
- High winds and saturated ground can cause trees to be uprooted. Contact Georgia 811 to claim marking of the ground utility lines. This is important because the tree’s roots can become entangled with utility lines.
- If your natural gas meter is damaged or a natural gas line is compromised, please leave the area immediately and call 911 or the 24-hour Atlanta Gas Light Emergency Response Line at 1-877-427-4321 from a safe location.
gas leak detection
- If you smell the characteristic “rotten egg” smell associated with natural gas, leave the area immediately and stay away from a potential leak.
- Look for fallen dirt, discolored vegetation, or persistent bubbles in standing water.
- Never attempt to determine the source of a leak or stop a leak on your own.
- Avoid using any ignition sources, such as cell phones, cigarettes, matches, light bulbs, electronic devices, motorized vehicles, light switches or landlines, as natural gas can ignite from a spark and cause a fire or explosion.
- Call the 24-hour Atlanta Gas Light Emergency Response Line at 1-877-427-4321 or 911 as soon as you are in a safe location away from a potential leak.
- Generators can be useful after a storm but are dangerous if not used properly. The main risks to avoid when using the generator are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electric shock, electrocution and fire.
- Never use a generator in an enclosed or partially enclosed space.
- Never attempt to run home wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet, a practice known as “feed back.”
- Connect appliances directly to the generator or use a heavy-duty outdoor extension cord rated (in watts or amperes) at least equal to the sum of the connected appliance’s loads.
- During a power outage, natural gas generators provide a continuous supply of fuel from an existing natural gas line. While these units are available in a range of sizes to meet different power needs, please contact Atlanta Gas Light prior to purchase and installation to determine if the service line and gauges meet the load requirements for the safe and efficient operation of the generator.
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About Atlanta Gas Light
Atlanta Gas Light is one of four natural gas distribution companies affiliated with Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Atlanta Gas Light provides natural gas delivery service to approximately 1.7 million customers in Georgia. Operating since 1856, the company is one of the oldest in the state. For more information, visit atlantagaslight.com.
About the South Gas Company
Southern Gas Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of AtlantaThe Southern Company is basedNew York Stock Exchange: SOAnd the Financial), America’s number one energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.3 million natural gas customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states with approximately 666,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas. Other business includes investments in interstate pipelines and the ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit Southerncompanygas.com.
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