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Natural Gas Safety

Natural Gas Safety 

Natural gas is used by more than 50 percent of American households as their main heating source. It is clean, efficient, and relatively safe. It's also odorless, colorless, non-toxic and has no taste in its natural state.

However, because there are potential dangers associated with natural gas usage, it's important for you and your family to understand natural gas and related safety information. Explore the materials below to learn more.

Natural Gas Pipelines

The U.S. natural gas pipeline network is a highly integrated transmission and distribution grid that can transport natural gas to and from nearly any location in the lower 48 States.

Federal pipeline safety code requires that distribution systems comply with tough requirements for design, construction, testing, inspection, operations and maintenance from the point of connection to the point of transmission, up to and including the customer’s meter.

Natural gas distribution pipes typically are regulated by both federal and state agencies.  Distribution systems regulated by a state agency are required by law to comply with standards that are at least as stringent or more stringent than those set forth in federal minimum safety mandates.

 

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