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Natural Gas Meters and Regulators

By Gregory Havel Although firefighters do not service or install natural gas meters, piping, and regulators, they need an understanding of how these devices work so that they can work more safely. Photo 1 shows the natural gas meter and regulators located at a school. This setup is typical of small commercial meters and regulators, although there will be some variation in appearance and operating pressures between areas supplied by different gas companies. There may also be some variation between areas requiring compliance with NFPA 54, National Fuel Gas Code, 2012 edition (ASTM Z223.1—2012), and areas requiring compliance with other standards. In Photo 1, the gas from the gas main enter...

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