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Recognizing & Responding To A Pipeline Leak
Although unlikely, pipeline leaks can be dangerous and require caution and immediate action to protect students, staff, property and the environment. How do you detect a pipeline leak? Here are a few simple rules:
- Look for dead vegetation, liquid on the ground near the pipeline, fire or a dense white cloud or fog.
- Listen for a hissing or roaring sound.
- Smell for a strong petroleum scent or other pungent odor.
If you suspect the pipeline may have a leak, implement your safety plans and evacuation procedures as appropriate. Once you are a safe distance away from the potential leak, call 911 and call Explorer toll free at 1-888-876-0036. If a leak occurs:
- Evacuate students and staff from the area immediate and warn others to stay away as outlined in your emergency response plan.
- Do not light a match, start an engine, use a telephone or cell phone or turn on/off any electrical appliances. (Once you are a safe distance away from the potential leak you can use a telephone or cell phone to call 911 and Explorer’s emergency number at 1-888-876-0036.)
- Do not drive into an area where you suspect a leak, and do not touch or operate pipeline valves.