The gas piping running into and through a facility is an often-overlooked hazard. Natural gas leaks can create an explosive and flammable atmosphere inside a building. Explosions can also occur outside if a gas line is eroded, damaged or struck during construction.
In case of an incident, facility staff should review their ability to shut off natural gas both outside at the main shutoff and inside at different locations. They should be able to identify hazards that can lead to unsafe conditions. And, they should have a process in place for emergency evacuations.
Understanding piping can mean the difference between life and death in a time of emergency. Here are 10 tips that will help avoid natural gas piping issues.