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Sep 10, 2010 8:02 PM by Danielle Lerner

Natural gas line safety on the Central Coast

Since investigators are still trying to figure out what exactly caused the explosion in San Bruno, our local gas company cannot yet say if something like that could happen on the Central Coast.

However they say residents should still be aware and prepared.

Cal Fire says there are several high pressure natural gas lines running through neighborhoods in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.

The utility companies inspect and test each line on a regular basis and there are plans in place if any sort of leak is detected.

Still firefighters say they are ready for a worst-case scenario.

"As San Bruno was, we're well prepared for a response to an emergency, we would respond and we would ask for additional resources and people, equipment very rapidly as they did," said Robert Lewin of Cal Fire.

Fire crews want residents to be prepared for an emergency as well.

There are things we can do before it gets to that point.

For instance, calling 811 before you dig allows local utility companies to mark the area ahead of time to make sure it is safe.

The Gas Company also says reporting any unusual smells or activities near gas lines can help keep the local lines under control.

Southern California Gas Company is the main service provider in our area.

There is an entire section dedicated to natural gas safety on its web site.

You can get there by clicking here.

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