Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Natural Gas Safety Awareness Day November 18

MLGW Teams Up with Local Lowe’s Stores for Gas Safety Awareness Campaign

Do you know what to do if you have a natural gas leak in your home, school or business? Do you have a gas stove or furnace and know what a safely burning gas flame should look like? Do you know what a gas transmission pipeline marker looks like? Do you call 811 before you dig?

Memphis Light, Gas and Water and Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores in Shelby County are teaming up November 18 to answer those questions for you. MLGW’s Natural Gas Safety Awareness Day will promote natural gas safety awareness, gas leak detection and response, gas appliance safety, pipeline safety and “Call 811 Before You Dig” on Friday, November 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gas safety day is in preparation for the upcoming winter heating season as well as awareness of what to do when you discover a gas leak, and the Call 811 requirement before homeowners and contractors engage in any digging.

On MLGW’s Natural Gas Safety Awareness Day, November 18, the Division’s Gas Engineering employees and MLGW volunteers will staff display tables at several Lowe’s locations to provide free gas safety note pads, information and brochures on natural gas safety, leak awareness and response, gas pipeline safety and more. The Call 811 Before You Dig law relates to any digging, excavating, landscaping and gardening, and home or business construction projects that Shelby County residents and local contractors undertake. Natural gas safety and leak awareness are especially relevant in the fall and winter as many homeowners and contractors prepare furnaces for winter heating and inspect gas appliances for safety. MLGW representatives will share information about:

  • What do to in the event of a natural gas leak in a home or business
  • How to recognize a gas pipeline leak
  • How to recognize transmission pipeline markers
  • Pipeline purpose and reliability
  • Awareness of hazards and accident prevention measures
  • Damage prevention awareness
  • Call 811 requirements for pipelines and/or home or business excavations

Below is a list of participating Lowe’s locations:
  • 430 Germantown Parkway, Cordova, TN
  • 585 N. Perkins Road, Memphis, TN
  • 8490 Highway 51 North, Millington, TN
  • 8300 Highway 64, Bartlett, TN
  • 425 New Byhalia Road, Collierville, TN
  • 7895 Winchester Road, Memphis, TN

More natural gas safety information can be found on MLGW’s website at For more information about Tennessee One Call/Call 811, visit

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