New Jersey Natural Gas
NEW JERSEY NATURAL GAS ENCOURAGES CUSTOMERS TO BE PREPARED FOR HURRICANE JOAQUIN10/01/2015 - For Immediate Release
Wall, NJ – With a strong system on track to potentially affect our area, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) reminds customers to take precautions before, during and after hazardous weather conditions. Current forecasts predict Hurricane Joaquin to bring heavy rain and wind gusts throughout our service area as early as this weekend. With the impending weather, NJNG has crews on standby to ensure safe, reliable service to its customers and respond to any natural gas-related emergencies. “While we do not anticipate service interruptions, our team is ready to handle any situation that may arise as a result of the storm,” said Kathleen T. Ellis, chief operating officer of New Jersey Natural Gas.
NJNG advises customers to follow the natural gas protocols outlined below to ensure their safety during severe weather. More importantly, we recommend customers follow all guidelines set forth by state and local emergency management officials.
Before the Storm:
- Check around the outside of your house for any loose items that could blow around and damage your house.
- Do not attempt to turn natural gas service off at the meter. Natural gas is distributed through underground pipelines; in most cases, your service should continue without interruption. Natural gas service should only be turned on or off by utility personnel.
- In the event of an evacuation, please do not turn off your natural gas service at the meter.
During and After the Storm:
- If you smell natural gas, immediately leave the premises and call 800-GAS-LEAK (800-427-5325) from a safe location. DO NOT use a lighter or telephone; switch on/off appliances, lights or even a flashlight on the premises where you smell natural gas as they can create a spark.
A natural gas leak can be detected by smell, sight or sound.
SMELL – Since natural gas is colorless and has no scent, a strong odorant is added that smells like rotten eggs to help you detect possible leaks.
SIGHT – Look for dirt blowing in the air, bubbles in standing water or discolored or dead vegetation around the pipeline area.
SOUND – Listen for an unusual noise like roaring, hissing or whistling.
- DO NOT attempt to turn off your natural gas service at the meter. The valve should be turned on or off by emergency utility personnel only.
- DO NOT extinguish or re-ignite a pilot light on your appliances. In the event a pilot light goes out, call a qualified plumber, contractor or NJNG for a safety inspection.
- Should water get into your heating system and /or water heater, or if your natural gas meter is damaged by fallen debris, call our 24-hour response line at 800-GAS-LEAK (427-5325).
- Ensure there is a clear path to your natural gas meter and regulator and keep the area around them free of obstructions; and make sure the meter, piping and vents are clear, visible and accessible at all times to allow easy access by NJNG employees and first responders in case of an emergency.
NJNG customer service representatives are on standby to address customers’ needs. For the latest information throughout the storm, relative to NJNG service, follow us at Facebook.com/NewJerseyNaturalGas.
About New Jersey Resources
New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR) is a Fortune 1000 company that provides safe and reliable natural gas and clean energy services, including transportation, distribution and asset management. With annual revenues in excess of $3 billion, NJR is comprised of five primary businesses:
- New Jersey Natural Gas is NJR’s principal subsidiary that operates and maintains over 7,000 miles of natural gas transportation and distribution infrastructure to serve over half a million customers in New Jersey’s Monmouth, Ocean and parts of Morris and Middlesex counties.
- NJR Energy Services manages a diversified portfolio of natural gas transportation and storage assets and provides physical natural gas services to its customers across North America.
- NJR Clean Energy Ventures invests in, owns and operates solar and onshore wind projects with a total capacity of over 130 megawatts, providing residential and commercial customers with low-carbon solutions.
- NJR Midstream serves customers from local distributors and producers to electric generators and wholesale marketers through its equity ownership in a natural gas storage facility and its stake in Dominion Midstream Partners, L.P.
- NJR Home Services provides heating, central air conditioning, standby generators, solar and other indoor and outdoor comfort products to residential homes and businesses throughout New Jersey and serves approximately 117,000 service contract customers.
NJR and its nearly 1,000 employees are committed to helping customers save energy and money by promoting conservation and encouraging efficiency through Conserve to Preserve® and initiatives such as The SAVEGREEN Project® and The Sunlight Advantage®.
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Mike Kinney, Media