Natural Gas Safety

Excess Flow Valves (EFV) Notification
Austin Utilities is required to notify all natural gas customers about any changes related to excess flow valves.  CLICK HERE to read the required notification.
 
What Is Natural Gas

Natural gas is a highly combustible fossil fuel primarily composed of methane, along with various other hydrocarbons. Natural gas is invisible, odorless, tasteless, colorless, non-toxic, non-poisonous, and is lighter than air. Natural Gas can displace the oxygen in an enclosed spaced possibly causing suffocation.  Austin Utilities adds a chemical called mercaptan to give it a rotten-egg scent to assist in detecting leaks, even in small quantities.

Natural Gas Leaks

While natural gas leaks are unusual, you need to be able to identify them should they occur. Your sense of smell, sight, and hearing can all be used to detect a gas leak.

Smell
  • Sulfur or rotten egg type odor
Sight
  • Dead or brown vegetation in lawns or boulevards
  • Dirt blowing up into the air
  • Water bubbling in wet areas
  • Fire and/or explosion near known gas pipeline areas
Hearing
  • Hissing, blowing or roaring type sounds
What Should I Do?

Call Austin Utilities at 433-8886 and a trained Gas Service Technician will be dispatched and will take the appropriate steps to monitor the leak and shut down any equipment or valves necessary to control the leak. This service is FREE of charge, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

  • Do not light a flame
  • Do not operate any type of electrical device or source of ignition. This includes phones, cell phones, light switches, etc.
  • Do not attempt to make repairs or extinguish a fire
  • Leave the area immediately when requested
  • Call 911 if necessary
Protect Your Gas Meter Set
It is important to protect your gas meter set to prevent any accidental gas leaks.
Summer Months
  • Mowing
  • Trimming
  • Digging around the gas meter
  • Don’t pile things on or against the meter (hose, bikes, garden tools, etc.)
Winter Months
  • Snow build up
  • Ice covering the gas meter
  • Snow removal (snow plows, snow blowers, ice chunks, rocks)
  • Ice buildup on roof line above gas meter

Snow and ice buildup can cause a potential dangerous situation. Snow and ice blocking the meter set regulator can cause malfunctions including release of gas and/or the shutdown of gas flow into your home or business. Ice falling from the roof can damage the Gas Meter Set potentially causing a leak.