Xcel Energy in Colorado is prepped to deal with several potentially life-threatening gas line breaks this summer. According to their spokesperson, there is always a spike in gas line issues during the summer as the result of construction crews that fail to find out where the lines are located. When a gas line is ruptured, Xcel Energy has to send out an emergency crew to handle the situation. In 2012, there were almost 1,100 lines cut by construction workers, and this caused $1.6 million in damages.
Homeowners were also cautioned during Excel Energy’s statement due to the potential for gas leak explosions. Per Excel’s spokesperson, broken water heaters, stoves and furnaces can leak gas, so it is imperative to get your appliances checked out at least once a year. Unfortunately, this safety tip came too late to keep six people from being burned as the result of an apartment building gas leak. Hopefully this incident will help residents of the local area learn what they need to do to prevent an explosion in their home.
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