Outdoor Gas Leaks

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Recognizing an Outdoor Gas Leak
If you hit a gas line while digging, smell a strong gas odor in the air, or if you see or hear any unusual occurrences, you may be observing signs of a leak in a natural gas line. Signs of a gas line leak include:
  • A high-pitched whistle or hissing sound
  • Blowing dust
  • Dead vegetation in a normally green area
  • Continuous bubbles in an underwater area
  • Ground fires
Always use caution near an outdoor gas leak and recognize the possible hazards, such as fire, ignition or explosion. If you smell gas outside of your home, in the street, or on your property up to and including your meter, call Danville Utilities 24 Hour Emergency Water and Gas Number and we will come investigate.

In these conditions:
  • DO NOT use any device or equipment that could generate a spark or a flame.
  • DO NOT start up or shut down motor vehicles or electrical equipment.
  • DO NOT use a telephone or cellular phone in or near the area where you observe signs of a leak.
  • DO NOT attempt to repair or backfill any damaged or potentially damaged pipeline.
You should:
  • Call 911 immediately if there appears to be an immediate danger, and advise them of the location and nature of the situation.
  • Notify Danville Utilities immediately.
  • Abandon any equipment being used in or near the area.
  • Evacuate the area and try to prevent anyone from entering.