Natural Gas Safety
The City Long Beach Gas & Oil (LBGO) Department operates and maintains natural gas pipelines in the Cities of Long Beach and Signal Hill. Although it is extremely unlikely for a pipeline incident to occur, LBGO is providing you with the following information to assist you in identifying a possible natural gas leak. There are three ways to detect a natural gas leak:
The presence of an unusual odor similar to rotten eggs.
An unusual noise coming from the ground, similar to a hissing or roaring sound.
Dying vegetation around the pipeline and/or a dust cloud over the ground.
If you detect a natural gas leak, follow these steps:
- DO NOT light a match, start an engine, use a cell phone, or turn on a switch.
- Immediately and safely leave the area and warn others to stay away.
- From a safe location, call 911 or LBGO at (562) 570-2140.
The State of California's Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, intent is to protect California citizens and the State's drinking water sources from substances known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and to inform citizens about exposures to such substances.
The Long Beach Gas and Oil Department (LBGO) would like to help you minimize exposure to LBGO substances on the State's list. Here are some things to watch for:
LBGO will inspect and adjust the pilots on your natural gas appliances and equipment, and show you how to use and maintain your appliances correctly and efficiently. If you have questions about the safe operation of your natural gas appliances, please call (562) 570-5700.
Natural Gas Leaks
Natural gas contains small amounts of substances that are on the State's list. If you are near a natural gas leak, exposure to these substances is possible. If you smell a very strong odor of natural gas, leave the area and, from a safe distance, call LBGO immediately at (562) 570-2140 to report the odor and location.
Natural Gas Combustion
Combustion, including burning natural gas, produces substances on the State's list. To minimize the potential for possible exposure, always operate natural gas equipment according to manufacturer's instruction.
Facilities and Work Sites
Some equipment and materials, such as paint, welding rods, and gasoline, used by LBGO at its random work sites throughout Long Beach and Signal Hill, contain substances on the State's list. LBGO handles these items cautiously and in accordance with applicable safety standards. Nonetheless, exposure to substances on the State's list, including tobacco smoke, is possible at any of these work sites.
For a complete State of California Proposition 65 list, visit OEHHA at: www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65