Natural Gas Safety

Natural Gas Safety
Natural gas is great for heating, cooking and other uses in the home and is used by more than 50 percent of American households as their main heating source. It is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel available, is efficient, and has an excellent safety record due to the physical characteristics of the gas itself.

Possessing a very narrow range of flammability, natural gas only allows for combustion in a concentration of 4 to 15 percent per volume of air. Above and below these amounts, it will not burn. Natural gas also has a very high ignition temperature, at about 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit. This is almost twice the ignition temperature for gasoline.

Natural gas is lighter than air, so it can dissipate into the air rapidly, making accidental combustion difficult. It's also colorless, non-toxic, and has no taste in its natural state. When taken from the ground, natural gas is odorless. Local utilities add a non-toxic chemical odorant called mercaptan to make leaks easy to smell. However, there may be times when the smell of the odorant is weak or not present, even though there is a leak.

All together, these factors add up to making accidental ignition or combustion of natural gas an unlikely event. Nonetheless, helping you learn how to use clean burning natural gas safely throughout your home is one of our top priorities. It is important for you and your family to understand natural gas and related safety information.

Safety Matters to Us
Natural gas safety is a top priority at Nephi City Gas, a source of pride and a matter of  policy. Our safety policies are carried out in specific and universal ways. For example, safety professionals provide ongoing employee safety evaluations, deliver safety training, conduct rigorous system inspections and testing. Our employees and contractors in Utah, also carry out maintenance, perform repair and replacement programs, distribute public safety information and comply with a wide range of federal and state safety regulations and requirements.

Health and Safety Policy
We are committed to a healthy and safe work environment for our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate. To ensure the commitment is implemented, we will:
  • Meet or exceed all applicable health and safety laws and standards;
  • Continuously improve efforts to identify, eliminate and manage risks to health and safety;
  • Ensure that managers and supervisors are responsible for providing a safe workplace;
  • Ensure that each employee is responsible for preventing accidents and maintaining a safe work environment;
  • Confirm that employee, contractor, customer and community safety is integral to every job; and
  • Provide trained, professional employees to support health and safety policies and procedures.