Contractor Safety

Paris Henry County Public Utility District has been dedicated to providing safe and reliable energy for over 60 years. We have a strong safety record and work hard to maintain it throughout our natural gas distribution pipelines and other facilities. Keep the information below handy so we can help keep your job site safe.

Call (811) 48 Hours Ahead — Before You Dig
Mechanical damage by excavating or demolition is the most frequent cause of pipeline damage and failures. Whether you’re planning to build a major development, installing a mail box or just landscaping your personal property – protect your safety and the safety of those around you by notifying TENNESSEE ONE CALL (811) at least two business days prior to excavation. TN ONE CALL will contact us, as well as other local utilities, to mark the location of all utility-owned lines for free. This will allow you to begin your project with the assurance that our pipelines will be protected, and your safety will not be compromised. Visit www.tnonecall.com for more information.

Watch for Pipeline Signs
In the course of your work, you might encounter our pipeline markers. Pipeline markers identify the general area where our natural gas pipelines run and show our name and phone number. However, it’s still important to call TN ONE CALL (811) before you dig. Markers indicate the general, but not exact, location of a pipeline. Not all pipelines follow a straight path between two markers and the markers don’t indicate how deep the lines are buried.

Handling Emergencies
While leaks on natural gas pipelines are rare, it’s important to know the following signs of a leak:

  • Dirt or water being thrown in the air,
  • Dead or dying vegetation (in an otherwise moist area) over or near pipeline areas,
  • Fire coming from the ground or appearing to burn above the ground,
  • A roaring, blowing or hissing sound near a pipeline,
  • The distinct odor of natural gas.

If you Damage A Pipeline . . .
If you damage a pipeline or suspect a natural gas leak, turn off and abandon any motorized equipment you may be operating, quickly leave the area, and from a safe place, call The Gas Company at 731-642-5635 or the Fire Department 9-1-1.