First Responders Safety - Residential - Iowa Gas - Liberty
For Emergency Responders
Emergency medical personnel, fire fighters or police officers are often the first to arrive at an accident scene or emergency. These first responders are most likely to encounter the potential hazards of natural gas facilities. As a first responder, doing your job successfully while protecting yourself and members of the public means you need to understand the hazards that may exist in any emergency situation.
In an effort to help educate first responders so that they can perform their jobs safely and effectively, Liberty provides valuable information on responding to emergencies that may involve natural gas facilities.
The most important thing at these sites is to watch for leaks. Although leaks on natural gas pipelines are rare, stay alert for dirt or water being ejected in the air; dead or dying vegetation (in an otherwise normal area) over or near pipeline areas; flames coming from the ground or appearing to burn just above the ground; a roaring, blowing or hissing sound near a pipeline; or the distinct odor of natural gas.
If You Smell Gas:
- Do not attempt to locate gas leaks.
- Do not remain in any building when there is a strong gas odor.
- Avoid sparks: do not operate any electrical switches, appliances, or lights, or unplug electrical appliances when there is a strong gas odor.
- Do not use telephones or elevators in the area of a strong gas odor.
- Do not position or operate vehicles and power equipment where leaking gas may be present.
- Do not smoke or use lighters, matches or other open flames.