Special information for emergency response officials.
If you are a public safety official, use all applicable training you have received in taking the steps necessary to safeguard the public in the event of a pipeline emergency. The following are some guidelines to keep in mind:
Secure the area around the leak to a safe distance. This could include evacuation of people from homes, businesses, schools and other locations, the erecting of barricades, controlling access to the emergency site, and similar precautions.
If the pipeline leak is not burning, take steps to prevent ignition. This could include prohibiting smoking, rerouting traffic, and shutting off the electricity and residential gas supply.
If the pipeline leak is burning, take steps to prevent secondary fires, but DO NOT attempt to extinguish a pipeline fire unless asked to do so by pipeline company personnel.
Contact the pipeline company as quickly as possible. Pipeline marker signs show the pipeline company’s name and emergency telephone number.