Natural Gas Public Awareness-City of Cheney, KS
Our goal is to provide safe, reliable natural gas service to our customers and ensure the safety of people living and/or working near our gas pipelines. Public awareness is a critical component of our overall safety program. This information is being provided because you live or work near the Natural Gas pipeline system operated by the City of Cheney. These pipelines are regulated by federal and state law. Our pipelines are constructed of welded steel and plastic pipe and are coated and protected to reduce corrosion. The pipelines are designed, tested, installed and maintained to strict federal and state codes, and are an efficient source of energy.
You cannot smell natural gas in its natural state, so a chemical is added to help you detect its presence. This chemical, called mercaptan, has a strong odor very much like rotten eggs. Smelling this pungent odor in or around your home, at work, or in your neighborhood, may be the result of a natural gas leak. If you smell even the faint odor of mercaptan or hear a hissing noise, notify others in person, not by phone, and then leave. Do not light matches or use lighters. Extinguish cigarettes or other smoking materials. Do not turn appliances or lights on or off. Do not use the telephone or cell phone near the suspected leak. Electrical currents in switches and telephones may spark an explosion. After you leave the potentially affected area, call 316-542-3815 to report a gas leak, or call 911. Remain away from the building until an official familiar with the situation tells you it is safe to return. Once your gas has been shutoff, do not try to turn it back on. Only a qualified person may perform this task.
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Kansas requires anyone excavating to contact every potentially affected operator of underground facilities before they start to dig. So, before you dig, excavate, plant trees or set fence posts, call Kansas ONE CALL toll free at 1-800-DIG-SAFE (1-800-344-7233) or 811. City of Cheney will mark the company's underground gas lines at no charge, if you call two full days in advance. Avoid Careless Damage and Accidents - Natural gas delivered to your homes and businesses arrives through an intricate network of underground pipelines, along with the infrastructure supporting your neighborhood - the underground conduits of communications, electric power and television. Digging without knowledge of the network can be dangerous. Far too often, a potential accident or pipeline break is just a careless backhoe, bulldozer or jackhammer away.
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Follow Your Senses---If you're near a natural gas pipeline, these tips can help you spot a natural gas leak: SIGHT - If you SEE dirt or water blowing into the air, or notice standing water continuously bubbling, there may be a leak. You also can look for discolored vegetation (like brown patches in a green field), or you might notice dry spots in a moist field. SMELL - If you SMELL an odor that has the distinct scent of sulfur or rotten eggs, there may be a leak. SOUND- If you HEAR a loud roaring or high-pitched hissing sound, there may be a leak.
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Carbon monoxide is also colorless and odorless and is produced when fossil fuels are burned. Although CO is not flammable, it is dangerous and can be deadly. Carbon monoxide quickly weakens your body with flu-like symptoms such as headache, dizziness, nausea and sleepiness. Get fresh air if you are experiencing these symptoms. Open windows and doors. Follow the Emergency Procedures above. It is important to check all the natural gas appliances in your house on a routine basis to ensure they are operating correctly. Improper operation can lead to the generation of CO and the potential buildup of hazardous levels within your residence or building. These levels can be monitored with an CO detector which are commercially available. A CO monitor will alarm at a preset air concentration, warning the building occupants of a potentially hazardous situation. When a CO detector alarms, the occupants should contact their local emergency management authority immediately. If individuals in the building are experiencing the symptoms discussed above, they should be evacuated immediately into fresh air. CO poisoning can occur rapidly and should be taken seriously.
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Please remember if you believe there is a gas leak: DO NOT FLIP A LIGHT SWITCH. DO NOT LIGHT A MATCH. DO NOT USE YOUR TELEPHONE OR WIRELESS PHONE. To report a Natural Gas Leak or emergency call the City of Cheney at 316-542-3815 (24 hours a day) or 911. Other information can be found on Cheney's website and on cable TV, channel 7. If you would like more information about natural gas safety, please go to the kcc website
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