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Wilton Fire Chief: Be Cautious When It Comes To Natural Gas

The Wilton Fire Department is reminding residents to exercise caution when dealing with natural gas.
The Wilton Fire Department is reminding residents to exercise caution when dealing with natural gas. Photo Credit: File

WILTON, Conn. -- The Wilton Daily Voice accepts letters to the editor. Please send letters to wilton@dailyvoice.com. 

To the editor: 

I’m positive that none of you reading this would want to be victims of an emergency involving the natural gas.

As you know, the Yankee Gas Co. ran new gas mains throughout the downtown area and out to the schools over the summer. Being that natural gas is “new to the neighborhood,” it may be a good idea to know what to do if you smell gas or detect a leak.

Signs and Odors:

  •  Natural gas is odorless so in the interest of safety, the utility injects a chemical called Mercaptan to give it that “rotten egg” smell. If that smell is not coming from the fridge, call 9-1-1.  
  • Gas travels through the pipelines under pressure albeit low pressure, but a hissing sound is a clue that a leak may be in progress. If it’s not your pet snake, call 9-1-1.
  • Being the gas is under pressure, note that paper, tissues, curtains or other materials that are light and flowing may look like they are subject to a breeze, however, it may not be so if the window it closed! Call 9-1-1.
  • When in doubt get out! Call 9-1-1 from outside or another premises and get the Fire Department on their way. Move away from the building, too.

Working near the pipes:

  • Call before you dig or excavate even if it’s shallow. The universal Call Before You Dig (CBYD) number is 811. They will let you know if the lines are near your excavation.
  • Hand dig around all gas or other pipes that carry hazardous materials, including high voltage electric.
  • Call the gas company if you have any questions or doubts. A two-minute phone call can prevent a disaster.

Important phone numbers:

  • EMERGENCY: 9-1-1
  • Wilton Fire Marshal: 203-834-6249, on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Yankee Gas: 1-800-989-0270 

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