NEWARK, Del. (November 7, 2017) – With cold weather
and the heating season quickly approaching, Delmarva Power
would like to remind customers to familiarize themselves with the natural gas
safety tips provided in Delmarva Power’s natural gas safety brochure, Stay Safe Around Natural Gas,
which was distributed to homes and businesses in and around Delmarva Power’s
natural gas service area. Customers should be mindful that households and
businesses not served directly by natural gas are still in proximity to
Delmarva Power’s and other operators’ gas equipment.
“As colder weather enters our region, our customers will
begin to use more natural gas to support home and business heating needs,” said
Gary Stockbridge, region president for Delmarva Power. “Delmarva Power remains
committed to maintaining a safe, reliable and affordable natural gas system for
our customers. We work to fulfill that commitment by proactively educating our
customers and the community while empowering them with the knowledge to safely
work and live around natural gas. Our safety brochure and website are two great
tools to help with natural gas safety and awareness.”
The brochure was mailed to all New Castle County residents
in April and September 2017 but it can be downloaded anytime at delmarva.com.
Brochures can also be mailed upon request by calling:
1-800-375-7117. The brochure provides information in
English and Spanish, detailing how to recognize and report natural gas leaks.
In August of 2017, a scratch-and-sniff odor indicator was
sent to remind customers about “mercaptan,” a safety additive that Delmarva
Power and other utilities put in natural gas to give it a distinctive rotten
egg odor that makes gas easier to detect. The brochure also reminds
customers to call Miss Utility at 811 prior to digging anywhere—from large
construction jobs to home landscaping and gardening projects.
If you detect a gas leak:
more information on natural gas safety and to view an electronic version of
Delmarva Power’s natural gas safety brochure, visit Stay Safe Around Natural Gas.