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How FortisBC prepares for emergencies

Putting y​our safety first

Public safety is our number one priority. We have rigorous plans in place to ensure the safety and security of the public, our systems, the environment and our employees.

Thanks to our comprehensive approach to safety, including regular inspections and maintenance, we continue to have an excellent safety record. 

Regular inspections and maintenance

We inspect our system on an ongoing basis. We also renew and upgrade our system in accordance with Canadian codes and standards.

Comprehensive ap​proach to safety

Our dedicated and highly trained employees work to ensure that our pipelines and surrounding areas are well-protected from potential damage.

FortisBC has an Integrity Management Plan (IMP), which is the main tool we use to ensure the integrity of our transmission and distribution systems.

The IMP is a comprehensive and systematic way to provide effective detection and remediation activities, and is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure continued public safety.

Planning for system safety

Dedicated and highly trained employees work every day to ensure that our pipelines, power lines, infrastructure and rights of way are operated safely in accordance with applicable Canadian codes and standards and protected from potential damage.

Our Integrity Management Plan is the main tool we use to ensure the integrity of our systems. It is reviewed regularly and includes provisions for regular inspection and maintenance activities, including:  

  • renewing and upgrading our system
  • monitoring line pressures, flows and temperatures 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • conducting aerial, ground and marine inspections of rights of way to check for erosion, stability and third-party activity near pipelines
  • installing highly visible pipeline markers
  • checking our corrosion protection system
  • conducting internal pipeline inspections using highly sophisticated electronic equipment
  • managing vegetation along our rights of way
  • educating the public about safety awareness around our natural gas and electricity systems, and informing excavators and landowners on how to dig safely and permitted activities on rights of way.

In case of ​emergency

In addition to safety precautions to ensure continued public safety, we’ve developed coordinated plans of action in case of an emergency. These plans are practiced regularly through “tabletop” exercises to simulate scenarios such as earthquakes, floods and fires, as well as full-scale emergency exercises practiced along with local first responders and government agencies.

In case of a pipeline em​ergency

Natural gas is a safe and reliable energy source and we have taken safety precautions to ensure continued public safety. In addition to these precautions, we’ve developed a coordinated plan of action in case of emergency. <end drop down>

In case of an earthquake

We take the possibility of a significant earthquake very seriously. Built entirely from high-strength welded steel and polyethylene plastic pipe, our system was designed, installed and tested to meet strict industry standards in order to maximize public safety.

In other areas where major earthquakes have occurred, natural gas delivery systems similar to ours have withstood ground movement extremely well.

Our earthquake safety page has more information on what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

Watch our emergency respo​nse team in action:


More information about safe​ty r​egulations