Module 3. Gas Incident Response

Gas explosions: Evacuation precautions

When responding to a natural gas explosion, immediately notify [your utility name here] through your dispatcher, and take these precautions while evacuating the area:

  • Park safely out of the collapse zone of involved structures. Secure the area with caution tape, and reroute traffic as needed.
  • Prevent loss of life by clearing the area as soon as possible after an explosion is confirmed. Evacuate 100 to 800 meters (or 330 feet to ½ mile), per the DOT Emergency Response Guide. The IC will make the final determination of the extent of the evacuation.
  • An explosion can create an atmosphere immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH). SCBA is essential for all first responders.