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Natural Gas is hotter than you think
By Christine Patmon on March 18, 2016
Step into any restaurant kitchen and it’s likely you’ll find a natural gas stove heating it up. It’s reported that nine out of 10 chefs prefer gas because it gives them power and control to make great dishes.
But natural gas is hotter than you think. Here in San Antonio, it fuels rides along one of the state’s top tourist attractions; helps shuttle residents around the city; and, energizes our generation of electricity.
More compressed natural gas (CNG fueling stations) are also opening in San Antonio to provide service for private and company vehicles.
At home, natural gas service heats your water, cooks old family recipes, and dries your clothes.
The service that makes these daily actions possible is provided by the 210 employees in our Gas Division. The American Public Gas Association (APGA) is recognizing their work and that of their peers across the country during today’s inaugural Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day. And, so are we.
Enough gas lines to reach Belgium
Our employees manage the distribution of gas, the odorization of it, and maintenance of 5,200 miles of gas lines – that’s enough to go from here to Belgium. Last year, they responded to nearly 80,000 service calls, with more than 12,000 being emergency or trouble orders.
Natural gas safety tips
As we celebrate the work of our gas team, we ask you to partner with us to keep you, your family and our community safe.
#1 – Remember to always call 811 before you dig. Whether you’re working in your yard or in someone else’s, or working at a construction site, you don’t want to hit any part of the 5,200 miles of gas lines running underground.
#2 – Have annual maintenance checks done on your natural gas appliances. Don’t let a slow leak go undetected.
#3 – Get out of your home or business or away from any outdoor area immediately if you smell gas. Using a phone, light, or anything that could ignite the gas could cause an explosion. Wait until you’re a safe distance away, then call 911 and us at 353-HELP (4357).
Thanks for your assistance, and thanks to our gas utility workers for the job you do every day! It’s because of you that we get to enjoy our community’s great use of natural gas.