Public safety is at the foundation of all we do. The safety of the public around Xcel Energy’s natural gas system influences every decision we make. Xcel Energy takes a proactive approach to public safety by implementing safety measures before, during and after construction.
During installation of the natural gas line, the following measures are taken:
- Implementation of a corrosion prevention system designed to eliminate metal loss during the life of the natural gas line.
- Verification of the integrity of the natural gas lines through x-rays of pipe welds by an independent third party.
Once the natural gas line has been installed and prior to putting it into service, the following steps are taken:
- Internal inspection of the natural gas line with state-of-the-art equipment.
- Performance of internal pressure tests using water or air to verify the line’s integrity.
During the lifetime of the natural gas line, the following occurs:
- Internal inspection of the natural gas lines at least every seven years with “in-line” inspection technology.
- Continuous remote monitoring (24/7) of the natural gas line and all facility operations by Xcel Energy’s staffed gas control center.
Call Before You Dig
A common cause of natural gas incidents results from improper or unauthorized digging near underground utilities. Prior to digging, call 811 or visit colorado811.org to have buried utility lines located and marked.
Locating buried lines before digging prevents potentially dangerous natural gas conditions that result from digging into or nicking a buried gas line.
Learn to Recognize a Natural Gas Leak
If you ever suspect a natural gas leak, leave your home or business immediately. Once you are safely away, call 911, then the Xcel Energy gas emergency hotline at 800-895-2999.
It is important to know how to recognize potentially dangerous natural gas leaks, so use your senses. Signs of a gas leak include:
- A “rotten egg” or sulfur-like odor, although it may smell differently to you.
- Hissing, whistling or roaring sounds outside near the natural gas line or inside near an appliance.
- Dirt spraying into the air or continuous bubbling in a pond or creek.
- Unexplained dead or dying vegetation.
For additional information on our commitment to safety, please visit: xcelenergy.com/Community/Public_Safety.