At What Cost Would You Pay for Safety?

Almost 45 years ago, nine people died in a terrible gas pipeline accident in Georgia. The truly sad part of the whole story is that it was completely preventable. If the pipeline in question had been equipped with a simple and relatively inexpensive safety valve the accident would not have happened. You might imagine that the tragedy taught the county a valuable lesson. It would not be beyond imagination that the very next day safety valves were placed on all of the nation’s gas lines. Sadly, this is not the case.

According to the AP, nearly 90% of America’s gas service lines are not fitted with these life-saving valves. Because of this short-sided attempt at saving money, there have been many preventable accidents over the past four decades, taking the lives of 67 people.

Thanks to pressure from the government, it is now mandatory to have these valves on lines leading into single-family homes. However, many apartment and office buildings still do not need to have safety valves in place.

At DFT, we truly understand both sides of the issue. No one likes to be told what to do or what to buy. However, in this case, it is hard to understand why you wouldn’t want to add an extra layer of safety to your customer’s lives. No matter what side of the issue you fall on the facts are clear, as experts in check and control valve industry, at DFT we know that these types of safety valves not only work, but also have the ability to save lives.

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