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Subterranean pipelines are an invisible hazard and exposed pipelines may not be very well marked.  

So Where Are the Pipelines?
Signs indicating a pipeline’s location are often placed along its path. Pay attention to these signs to help prevent accidents. And if you see something you think may be an exposed pipeline, treat it as if it is. The Texas Railroad Commission provides a map of pipelines across the state. Look up your area by selecting your county.

How Can I Prepare for an Incident?  
  • There is typically little or no warning with incidents involving pipelines. Because of this, it’s critical that you be prepared in the event of an emergency.
  • Become familiar with where pipelines are.
  • Familiarize yourself with “escape routes” in and around your neighborhood.
Know what to do in the event of a leak:
  • Leave the area immediately on foot
  • Warn others in the area
  • Refrain from activities that could cause heat sparks
  • Notify 9-1-1 of the leak when you reach safety
  • Light a match, start an engine, or switch electrical equipment on and off (including lights)
  • Attempt to use a cell phone until you have left the area—it can potentially cause a spark
  • Drive into a vapor cloud
  • Make contact with any escaping material, some products may be toxic or corrosive
Last updated: 1/18/2012 8:56:13 AM