Plain Natural Gas Public Awareness
if you smell gas, leave the area at once and call your natural gas
utility. Garden Plain customers should call 316-531-2321 or
316-833-2594. If after hours, call 316-833-2594 or 316-648-8640. If
there is no response at any of these numbers then call 911 to report
the gas leak.
Gas Systems are the cheapest and safest way to deliver an efficient,
clean burning fuel to your home or business. Natural gas pipelines
are designed, tested, installed and maintained following strict
federal and state codes.
goal as a Natural Gas Distribution System is to provide safe,
reliable natural gas to our customers and ensure the safety of the
people living, working or congregating near our gas pipeline
facilities. Public awareness is a critical component of our overall
safety program. Our top priority is to protect people first and then
property and we will base all our safety practices on that concept.
information is being provided to you because you live, work or
congregate near the Garden Plain Natural Gas Pipeline System. Our
pipelines are constructed of welded steel and polyethylene pipe. The
steel pipe is coated and cathodically protected to reduce corrosion.
It is important that you do not place anything on or against a meter
or above ground pipe. Doing so can short out the cathodic protection
system causing the underground pipeline to corrode and possibly cause
Our Gas Pipeline Facilities and Right-Of-Way Encroachments
and other utilities are located underground within a designated
Right-Of-Way or (ROW). A ROW enables workers to gain access for
inspections, maintenance, testing or emergencies. Right-Of Way’s
must be kept free from structures and other obstructions. If your
property has a (ROW) on it, it is important not to plant trees or
tall shrubs on it. Also, do not store, or place anything on the ROW
that would impede our ability to conduct inspections, make repairs or
respond to an emergency. The Garden Plain Gas System also uses
pipeline markers to indicate the approximate location of our
underground pipelines. These markers do not provide the exact
location or depth of the pipelines. Please remember that it is
against the law to willingly or knowingly deface, damage, remove or
destroy any pipeline sign or right-of-way marker. If signs are
damaged, missing or unreadable, please contact the City of Garden
Plain at 316-531-2321 and we will replace them.
Preparedness – Protect Life then Property
Garden Plain Natural Gas Distribution System is committed to public
safety and then environmental protection. In the event of a pipeline
emergency take whatever steps you deem necessary to protect yourself
and the public. The following suggestions are offered as a guide.
cannot smell natural gas in its natural state, so a chemical has been
added to help you detect its presence. This chemical, called
Mercaptan, has a strong odor very much like that of a rotten egg. If
you smell a pungent odor in or around your home, at work, or in your
neighborhood, this odor may be the result of a natural gas leak.
to recognize a Natural Gas Emergency and Response
hazards of Natural Gas Pipelines:
carry flammable gas under high pressure
Gas is colorless, and lighter than air
Gas has no smell until an odorant is added
Gas is flammable
pipeline leak can be potentially hazardous
are near a natural gas pipeline, these tips can help you recognize a
natural gas leak:
you see dirt or water blowing into the air, or notice standing water
continuously bubbling, there may be a leak. You also can look for
discolored vegetation (like brown patches in a green field or
lawn), or dry spots in a moist field.
you smell an odor that has the distinct scent of sulfur or rotten
eggs, their may be
you hear a loud roaring or high pitched hissing sound, there may
be a leak.
Response to a pipeline leak. If you detect a leak, do the
the area immediately.
flip a light switch.
use your telephone or wireless phone.
light a match or lighter.
use a doorbell.
turn off or on lights or anything electrical.
other persons in area by person – NOT
– to leave the premises, then leave yourself.
you leave the area call 316-531-2321 or 316-833-2594 to report a gas
leak. If no answer call 911.
away from the building or area until an emergency official familiar
with the situation says it’s safe to return.
others to stay away
not attempt to correct the problem
your gas has been shut off, do not attempt to turn it back on. Only
qualified personnel shall perform this task.
Prevention – Kansas One Call
remember that Kansas Law requires anyone excavating to contact Kansas
One Call at
least two full working days before they start to dig. So, before you
dig, excavate, plant trees, set fence posts, etc., call Kansas One
Call at 811.
They will need to know exactly where you are going to dig, the reason
you are digging, a contact name and phone number to reach you if
necessary, and the time and date you will be starting the project.
This will give the Utility Companies time to locate and mark their
underground facilities. This is free of charge and is for your
protection as well as the Utilities. If you damage any gas utility,
or even expose an underground gas pipe on the Garden Plain Natural
Gas System, you must call the City of Garden Plain at 316-531-2321.
The facility must be inspected before it is covered up.
of the invisible dangers of burning any fuel is CARBON
Monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas than can be formed
when fuels like charcoal, gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, propane,
wood, or natural gas are burned without a sufficient supply of
oxygen. This condition can be caused by boxes or laundry blocking
the base of a water heater, or a blocked, corroded or misaligned flue
for the furnace. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can cause serious illness
or even death. It is advisable to place CO monitors in the bedrooms
of your home. The early effects of CO poisoning mimic the flu, so
watch for symptoms such as headaches, nausea or vomiting without
dizziness, disorientation, muscle weakness or fatigue. If you want
more information on Carbon Monoxide call the Garden Plain City Office
at 531-2321 or drop by at 505 N. Main and ask for an informational
packet on the dangers of Carbon Monoxide.
lot of home appliances such as gas driers, stoves, furnaces or water
heaters, are connected to the gas line in your home using a FLEXIBLE
These connectors allow you to move the appliance out from the wall
to clean behind it without removing the gas line. Some older
uncoated brass flex connectors have been known to fail causing a
serious gas leak that has resulted in explosions. The new connectors
are stainless steel. It is a good idea to replace any flex connector
that is 10 years old or older. Also replace any connector that does
not have a label that reads: U.L. approved, A.G.A. approved, or ANSI
standard. If you have any doubt,
BUY A NEW ONE!
REPORT A GAS LEAK OR DAMAGE TO THE GARDEN PLAIN GAS SYSTEM CALL:
City of Garden Plain at 316-531-2321 or 316-833-2594
hours call Dwight Mollenkamp at 316-833-2594 or 316-648-8640
no answer at these numbers call 911
you have any questions concerning information provided in this
article, or would like more information, you can
us at 316-531-2321 or drop by the Garden Plain City Office at 505 N.