School Pipeline Safety Toolkit
4.0 Leak Recognition and Response
Pipeline leaks are serious situations. If your school is located near a pipeline it is imperative that your school safety plan includes clear guidance on how to recognize and respond to a pipeline incident. Know how to quickly respond to a potential pipeline emergency and familiarize your staff, including bus drivers, on how to do the same.
Use your sense of smell, sight and sound to identify a potential pipeline leak. Indications of a leak may include:
If you suspect a leak near a pipeline right-of-way or aboveground facility:
- Leave the area immediately by foot, moving away from the pipeline in an upwind and uphill (if possible) direction.
- Recommended evacuation distance is determined by the pipeline product, size and pressure. Schools can contact their local pipeline operator to discuss recommended evacuation distances.
- Do not operate school buses, or any vehicles, mechanical equipment, cellular phones, electronic devices or any item that could create a spark near a suspected pipeline leak. Do not light a match and avoid breathing or coming in physical contact with liquids or gases coming from the pipeline.
- From a safe location, call 911 and the pipeline operators’ emergency number. If the pipeline operator is unknown, you can call 911 and then call 811 for help notifying local pipeline operators.