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GAS COMPANY PIPELINE SYSTEM SUFFERS NO DAMAGE DURING EARTHQUAKES; OFFICIALS REMIND CUSTOMERS NOT TO TURN OFF GAS METERS

GAS COMPANY PIPELINE SYSTEM SUFFERS NO DAMAGE DURING EARTHQUAKES;
 OFFICIALS REMIND CUSTOMERS NOT TO TURN OFF GAS METERS
 LOS ANGELES, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- As aftershocks to Sunday's two big earthquakes continue, Southern California Gas Co. officials advise customers not to shut off their gas meters unless they smell or hear escaping gas.
 "Our vast underground network of natural gas pipelines suffered no damage as a result of yesterday's 7.4 and 6.5 earthquakes," said Roy Rawlings, Gas Co. vice president of distribution operations. "We have a safe and structurally sound system in place."
 Rawlings said, however, if customers are concerned about their gas service they may call the phone number listed on the monthly gas bill or in the telephone directory and a gas company service representative will be sent to the residence.
 The utility offered this advice:
 -- If you suspect escaping gas, do not turn on electrical switches and do not use matches or candles. If a leak occurs at an appliance, you may be able to turn off the gas at the valve for that appliance.
 -- If you cannot stop the leak at the appliance, using an adjustable wrench turn off the gas at the main valve at the gas meter. A quarter-turn on the valve will shut off all gas. Once the gas meter has been turned off, it can be turned back on only by a gas company representative or a licensed plumber.
 The company also offered these earthquake tips:
 -- Know where your gas meter is located and have an adjustable wrench available for turning off the gas valve at the meter should it be necessary following an earthquake. The wrench should be a minimum length of 12 inches and it should be stored where everyone knows where it is.
 -- Securely fasten the water heater tank to the studs in the walls with heavy lag bolts and metal plumber's tape which surrounds the tank at the upper third and lower third. Supplies are available at any home or builder's supply store. Some stores also have printed instructions for water heater strapping. The water heater tank, because it is tall and heavy, particularly is susceptible to earth movement. If the water heater topples during a quake, not only could it cause damage by striking something, it could snap the water and gas supply lines, and spill the water it contains.
 -- Replace semi-rigid (like aluminum tubing) gas appliance connectors with approved corrugated metal connectors of adequate length to prevent the connector from being damaged in the event of a slight movement of the water heater or other appliance.
 -0- 6/29/92
 /CONTACT: Denise King of SoCalGas, 213-244-3030/ CO: Southern California Gas Co. ST: California IN: UTI SU:


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