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MPUC Encourages the Safe Use of Natural Gas and Propane
March 5, 2013
Hallowell, Maine – The recent tragic events involving natural gas and propane are a painful reminder of the importance of safety when dealing with these fuels. The Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) urges everyone to follow these simple but vital precautions:
• If you are indoors and smell gas:
-- Leave the structure immediately and make sure that all other occupants do the same.
• If you are outdoors and smell gas:
-- Leave the area immediately. -- Once you are a safe distance away, call 911 and the natural gas or propane supplier. Again, if you do not know the natural gas or propane supplier, simply call 911.
• If you have natural gas or propane appliances in your home or business:
-- Make sure any air intake and exhaust vents are clear of snow, ice, or any other obstructions.
“Natural gas and propane are safe and reliable sources of energy when used properly,” observed Thomas Welch, Chairman of the MPUC. “But, as with all fuels, safety should always be foremost in our minds. If you smell gas, leave the area immediately and call 911. If you have questions regarding the safe use of natural gas or propane, call your local natural gas or propane supplier.”
The MPUC has safety jurisdiction over Maine’s natural gas utilities, intrastate natural gas transmission pipelines, and certain propane distribution systems.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe.
Contact: Nancy Goodwin, 207-287-3831
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