Safe digging is everyone's responsibility - and it begins with you! Safe digging starts when you call Georgia 811. By law, everyone - including homeowners - must contact Georgia 811 by visiting my.georgia811.com or by dialing 811 or 1-800-282-7411 at least 48 hours before beginning any mechanized digging on your property. If you are unsure as to whether you should notify Georgia 811 before you break ground, remember, even if your digging project is small, it's always best to call! You can call Georgia 811 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, excluding holidays.
There are thousands of dig-in damage incidents in the U.S. every year. Striking an underground pipeline may lead to expensive fines, serious injury or death. Gas pipelines are built with safety and reliability as top priorities. However, a natural gas leak may result in fire, explosion, and/or asphyxiation. Natural gas is a colorless, odorless gas; however, a chemical that smells like rotten eggs is added to help detect a possible leak. It's a bad smell that's good! Some of the signs of a gas leak include seeing bubbling water, hearing a hissing or blowing sound from a pipeline or appliance, dead or discolored vegetation in an otherwise green area, dirt or dust blowing from the ground, or the smell of rotten eggs.
If you smell gas, or just think you might be smelling gas:
-Leave the area immediately.
-Call your local gas provider at 706-554-8000 or 911 from a neighboring home or business.
-Never turn off switches or use a flashlight or phone in the presence of the gas smell, because an electric spark could ignite the gas, causing an explosion.
-Stay in a safe location until the Emergency Responder arrives and gives you clearance to return to the area.
Please visit the Georgia 811 website for more information about "Call Before You Dig." To learn more about our natural gas service and the benefits of natural gas, call 706-554-8000.