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Assemblyman Rudy Salas introduces bill to strengthen seismic safety on residential gas lines

Posted: 4:11 PM, Jan 13, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-13 19:11:56-05
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Assemblyman Rudy Salas introduced legislation that would require the installation of seismic gas shutoff devices on any newly constructed or renovated homes. A seismic gas shutoff device is a gas valve mechanism that automatically shuts off the flow of gas in response to seismic activity.

Assembly Bill 1923 would require that the California Building Standards Commission to adopt building standards in the next triennial edition of the California Building Standards Code adopted after January 1, 2021 that would require the installation of a seismic gas shutoff device in any newly constructed, rehabilitated, renovated or reconstructed residential structure.

The new bill came as a response to last year’s major earthquakes that struck the Ridgecrest area, during which gas lines leaked and multiple homes caught fire.