Gas leaks becoming a common news headlineA trend amongst multiple news outlets within multiple areas, are seeing a trend in gas leaks; there’s more of them happening. Many are caused by accidents and unforeseen circumstances—where as others are due to older gas mains, as they will wear out over time. Despite this occurring in different places with different circumstances, the one commonality is it isn’t being talked about enough. We see small headlines with a brief synopsis on the situation, but no one is talking about prevention and solution. No one really talks about the professionals who can fix the problem, the first respondents who are there in case of an emergency situation or the suppliers who create products to ensure everyone can do their job safely and in turn provide safe homes and cities for the population.
November 2016Two vehicles collided, with one spiraling into a home, severing a natural gas line. Police were immediately on the scene, controlling the accident and evacuating nearby homes. Utilities crews contained the leak and repaired the severed line.
— Kitchener Ontario
November 2016An under the influence driver crashed into a home, causing a gas leak within the house. Troy Police on the scene assisted in evacuating the three residents and their three dogs within the home. At 3:35 am utilities crews were working to shut off the line.
— Tipp City
December 2016Firefighters and police officers blocked roads and redirected traffic while a local gas service company repaired a leak. This was caused by a car reversing down a small alley and clipped the gas line. A nearby theatre had people exiting, but they were prohibited from retrieving their vehicles by first responders.
— SalinaSkilled and trained professionals should be the only ones repairing gas leaks in any given situation. With the proper equipment, knowledge and experience they will be able to correct the problem safely and efficiently.