Zachary officials have issued their annual statement reminding residents of the buried gas pipelines throughout the natural gas service area that provide energy to customers.

The city maintains these pipelines to a high standard, and they are considered reliable, Zachary officials said.

According to a news release, a damage control program and contingency plan have been established for responding to an emergency situation, which calls for Zachary leaders to work closely with fire and emergency first-responders.

Also, residents are reminded that prior to any digging around any gas facilities, a call must be made to (800) 272-3020 via the One-Call system.

There are several ways to determine a gas leak on or near Zachary’s pipeline right-of-way.

They include: detecting a gaseous or hydrocarbon odor; hearing a blowing or hissing sound; the presence of dust blowing in one spot in wet or flooded areas; dead vegetation (grass, shrubs or trees); abnormally dry or hardened soil; and/or flames or fire coming from underground or above ground.

Gas that has accumulated in a confined space could possibly explode, therefore, residents are reminded to stay away from areas suspected of a gas leak and are asked to call the city’s gas maintenance department immediately at (225) 654-0201 if a leak is suspected.

Zachary does not maintain buried piping between gas meters and homes or businesses, the release said. Customers are responsible for periodically checking as well as maintaining and repairing this section of gas piping from leakage.

For information, reporting gas leaks or in case of an emergency concerning a Zachary gas main or service, call city officials 24 hours a day at (225) 654-0201.