Natural Gas Safety
The City Long Beach Gas
& Oil (LBGO) Department operates and maintains natural gas pipelines in the
Cities of Long Beach and Signal Hill. Although it is extremely unlikely for a
pipeline incident to occur, LBGO is providing you with the following
information to assist you in identifying a possible natural gas leak. There are
three ways to detect a natural gas leak:
The presence of
an unusual odor similar to rotten eggs.
An unusual noise
coming from the ground, similar to a hissing or roaring sound.
Dying vegetation around the pipeline and/or a dust cloud over
If you detect a natural gas leak, follow these steps:
- DO NOT light a match, start an engine, use a cell phone, or turn on a
- Immediately and safely leave the area and warn others to stay
- From a safe location, call 911 or LBGO at (562) 570-2140.
of California's Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement
Act of 1986, intent is to protect California citizens and the State's drinking
water sources from substances known to cause cancer, birth defects or other
reproductive harm, and to inform citizens about exposures to such
The Long Beach Gas and Oil Department (LBGO) would like to
help you minimize exposure to LBGO substances on the State's list. Here are
some things to watch for:
LBGO will inspect
and adjust the pilots on your natural gas appliances and equipment, and show
you how to use and maintain your appliances correctly and efficiently. If you
have questions about the safe operation of your natural gas appliances, please
call (562) 570-5700.
Natural Gas Leaks
Natural gas contains
small amounts of substances that are on the State's list. If you are near a
natural gas leak, exposure to these substances is possible. If you smell a very
strong odor of natural gas, leave the area and, from a safe distance, call LBGO
immediately at (562) 570-2140 to report the odor and location.
Combustion, including burning natural gas, produces
substances on the State's list. To minimize the potential for possible
exposure, always operate natural gas equipment according to manufacturer's
Facilities and Work Sites
Some equipment and
materials, such as paint, welding rods, and gasoline, used by LBGO at its
random work sites throughout Long Beach and Signal Hill, contain substances on
the State's list. LBGO handles these items cautiously and in accordance with
applicable safety standards. Nonetheless, exposure to substances on the State's
list, including tobacco smoke, is possible at any of these work sites.
For a complete State of California Proposition 65 list, visit OEHHA at: www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65