Our team members work hard to make sure your natural gas service is reliable. Our customers know that reliability is one of the major benefits of using natural gas and they expect dependable service. Florida's many tropical weather events can cause power failures, and the fact that natural gas mains are underground is a definite advantage. In the rare event a major natural gas outage occurs, it's usually caused by a third-party doing damage to our infrastructure. When this happens, our team members work diligently to quickly and safely restore your service.
We want to ensure you understand the required protocol when a large natural gas outage occurs. The process is more complex than just flipping a switch after repairs have been made and may take longer than you might expect. Since safety is our number one priority for our customers, the community and our team members, we carefully follow all established restoration procedures. But this protocol also allows us to get the largest number of customers back in service in the shortest period of time, and work from there to restore service to every last customer.
Watch this short video to find out what actually happens during a natural gas outage restoration.
What many people don't realize is that when there is major damage to a natural gas main, the gas flow to the surrounding area has to be turned off to safely facilitate the repairs. Service technicians have to go door to door and turn off and lock all affected customer meters to ensure the safety of the neighborhood. When this is completed, repairs can safely be made to the damaged natural gas main. Then the system is purged and natural gas is put back into the system. The final step is when service technicians make a return visit to each and every customer that was turned off. They unlock the meters, relight all pilots and test all appliances for safety before they move on to the next premise.
We're ready to roll
A critical part of our restoration plan is our 35-foot mobile command center for Peoples Gas and Tampa Electric. It's ready to roll in any type of emergency, whether right here in Florida due to a hurricane or elsewhere as part of our participation in the Southeastern Electric Exchange's mutual assistance pact among utilities. Watch the video below to get a close-up look at what it brings to the community.