Safety Inside and Outside Your Property
Underground utilities, including natural gas pipelines, exist everywhere. You are responsible for gas lines from the gas meter to your home or business. If there is a natural gas line on your property, once a year a plumbing or heating contractor should locate and inspect the lines, and make necessary repairs.
In addition, it’s important to familiarize yourself with any pipeline markers that exist on your property. They may be found near a pipeline Right-of-Way (ROW). The ROW provides sufficient space for pipeline operators to inspect and perform maintenance on the pipeline. If you ever damage or knock over one of these pipeline markers, contact the pipeline operator.
In your community, watch for markers indicating where natural gas pipelines are located. Pipeline markers include the phone number you should use in case of an emergency.
Safety & Your Natural Gas Meter
It's important to keep safety in mind around your natural gas meter. We require that there is a 3-foot clearance around the meter, and these five guidelines will help ensure everyone's safety:
1. Do not plant anything within three feet of your gas meter.
2. Do not build anything within three feet of your gas meter, such as a deck.
3. Do not install anything that could ignite within three feet of your gas meter, such as a water heater.
4. Do not chain animals to your gas meter.
5. Do not build fences around your gas meter.
For more information on natural gas safety, please contact GUC at 252-551-1587.