The Paradigm Alliance and its www.pipelinesafetyinfo.com this week released a pamphlet warning people what to do if they notice a pipeline leak.
The group warns that if there is a leak, anyone nearby should turn off any equipment that is operating and leave the area by foot immediately.
“Do not start motor vehicles or electrical equipment,” the group warns. “Do not ring doorbells to notify others of the leak. Knock with your hand to avoid potential sparks.”
Pipeline operators also warn that people unfamiliar with the pipelines should not attempt to operate any pipeline valves or to put out a petroleum product or natural gas fire.
“Wait for local firemen and other professionals trained to deal with such emergencies,” the group warned.