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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pipeline Safety

Our fair country is crisscrossed by numerous pipelines carrying all kinds of liquid products.  Do you know what to do if a pipeline leak occurs near you?  Here are some safety tips courtesy of our friends at AirLiquide.

Signs of a pipeline release:
  • Liquid on the ground or a rainbow sheen on water
  • Dead vegetation in an otherwise green area
  • Dirt blowing into the air
  • White vapor cloud
  • Mud or water bubbling up
  • Frozen area on ground
  • Odor such as gas, oil or rotten eggs
  • A hissing or roaring sound
  • An irritant in the air causing burning eyes, nose or throat
What to do if a leak occurs:
  • Evacuate upwind immediately
  • Eliminate any ignition sources
  • Advise others to stay away
  • Call 9-1-1

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