Prevention when carrying out work
Did you know that more than 4.3 breaks are recorded in Québec every day, 45% of which involve the gas or electric network? In addition, 62% of breaks are associated with work on sewers, aqueducts and roads. According to a study conducted by CIRANO, this represents $123 million in socio-economic costs a year.
1 Digging without being informed can be costly to your municipality!
What to do before you dig?
Before starting any work that calls for digging, be it to install a pool, fence or patio, you or your contractor must contact Info-Excavation : Online Locate Request with Info-ex or 1 800 663-9228. It's free!
You have appointed a contractor to do the work? Ask him if he has made the necessary checks. Every broken pipe means that the fire department andÉnergir's emergency service are called to intervene.
For more information and to know what you need to take into account when planning and carrying out your work, read:
Guidelines for excavation work done near underground infrastructures
Directives and preparation to apply for authorization to work or circulate in a Énergir easement
Prevention sheet for contractors - developed jointly with the CNESST (PDF)
Depth of the natural gas lines
Natural gas lines are not always buried at the same depth. While the pipes themselves do not move, the contours of the land where they are located may alter over the years. Check first by digging manually or with vacuum excavation equipment so as to avoid damaging any underground structures.
For more information and to know what factors you need to take into account when planning and carrying out your work, refer to the following guide.
It outlines the steps to follow and provides information on the technical requirements for protecting natural gas installations, thus ensuring public and worker safety.
1 Info-Excavation 2017 Data