Natural Gas Safety

Uncapped Gas Lines

Keep an eye out for open gas lines

Sometimes gas lines are not properly closed off

This happens when a natural gas appliance (like a dryer or stove) is replaced with an electric one or removed altogether – and the gas line is not properly capped or plugged.

Open gas lines are dangerous

They can allow natural gas to leak into your home. Although natural gas is non-toxic and non-poisonous, it is highly flammable.

If you smell natural gas you should always call our emergency line at 1-800-511-3447.

 

 

Spotting an open gas line

​Where to look 

The most common places to find an open natural gas line are: 

  • Behind electric appliances like your stove or dryer.
  • Outside where a natural gas barbecue might go.
  • In the garage where a natural gas heater may have been used.

 

Examples of Open and Closed Gas Lines

There are many types of natural gas valves. If you have an open gas line, call a qualified gas fitter or heating contractor.

Here are a few examples. 

  • Open Gas Line - Dryer/Stove Connector

    This is a dryer or stove connector that has been left behind. It must be removed and the gas line needs to be capped or plugged. 

  • Closed Gas Line - End cap

    This is the end-cap. It is one of two ways to properly seal a natural gas line

  • Open Gas Line - Natural Gas Valve

    This natural gas valve has an open end and it must be capped or plugged. You should never open a natural gas valve.

  • Closed Gas Line - Threaded Plug

    This is a dryer or stove connector that has been left behind. It must be removed and the gas line needs to be capped or plugged.