Emergency personnel simulate gas leak during drill

Gas leaks can affect anyone, and they can lead to extremely dangerous situations.


EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) –  Columbia Gas enlisted the East Longmeadow and Londmeadow fire departments to make sure emergency personnel can safely deal with, and resolve gas leaks.

“We want to make sure that they are up to date with the best practices that we should be using, that everyone is on the same page and that we are working in partnership with the fire department,” explained Communications Manager for Columbia Gas Andrea Luppi.

Friday’s “gas leak drill” simulated what would happen if an excavator hit a gas line and caused a dangerous leak. This is one of 2 drills that are performed each year. According to the American Gas Association, more than 177-million Americans rely on natural gas today.

East Longmeadow Fire Chief Paul Morrissette told 22News there are some obvious signs that can alert you to a gas leak in your home; “The first sign of a gas leak would be the odor that you smell, it has that rotten egg odor.”

If you think you have a gas leak, you should get out of the house and immediately and call 911.  Morrissette told 22News, “You should exit the home right away, you can call from the neighbors house or your cell phone outside, don’t hit any light switches, don’t turn anything on or off, don’t use any gas stove appliances or anything like that.”

After calling 911, you can call the gas company, but Morrissette said the fire department will also call them in route.

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