Guard Against Gas Explosions

Motorists in downtown Wheeling have had to cope with minor delays during the past few weeks, because of work being done by Mountaineer Gas crews. They are replacing and, in some ways, upgrading pipelines carrying natural gas.

Good for Mountaineer.

While massive explosions of big gas transmission lines tend to garner the most publicity, not enough attention is given to the smaller pipes that carry gas to our homes — and to appliances within them.

Area residents were reminded of the danger a few weeks ago, when a house near here in Washington County, Pennsylvania, blew up. A woman and three firefighters were injured. The house was leveled.

And many remember with sadness the explosion in 2013 that killed 13-year-old Hannah Mozingo, of Brooke County. Her home was destroyed.

Just during the past few months, gas explosions have killed five people and injured about 70 in Indiana and North Carolina.

Although gas leaks in neighborhoods are not uncommon, they usually occur in the open air where the explosive fumes dissipate. Virtually every deadly explosion occurs in a house and is caused by leaky pipes or appliances within it.

Again, Mountaineer Gas deserves praise for monitoring old gas pipelines and replacing those that have deteriorated before there is a problem.

That is an excellent policy, especially with the winter heating season coming up. Check gas pipes and appliances in your home, or have a qualified technician do it. Do not put off necessary repairs. Caution now could save your life — or that of a loved one.

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