There were tears in the eyes of many hardened steel workers as a rod of embers held by Wills Waterfield was passed through a small porthole door in the side of the blast furnace to relight
Each year PG&E lights approximately 185,000 pilot lights as the heating season begins, and so far this year, approximately 73,000 requests for pilot relights have been made.
A severe cold snap that descended on most of California late last week is causing a huge increase in customer calls for pilot relight appointments.
The FI 2000 lights and relights
automatically, maximizing operator safety and convenience.
These relights may be in addition to the employee's regular duties, including new natural gas hook-ups, gas leaks, meter changes and other gas service responsibilities.
During the relight season, PG&E receives approximately 250,000 customer requests to relight heater pilots.
Over a period of only a few months, it takes more than 800 gas service representatives working through the peak of pilot relight season to ensure that we help our customers keep their houses warm.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company has been preparing for this year's relight campaign since May.
Prior to the arrival of cold weather, PG&E urged customers who used pilot relight services in the past to call early.
Wills, above right and top, relights
the fire at Redcar blast furnace RE-LIT: The blast furnace HONOUR: Wills, son of Geoff Waterfield below, receives a gift from Win Viriyaprapaikit, SSI president, who is also pictured below right with Phil Dryden, chief executive of SSI UK
PG&E provides cost-free furnace inspections and pilot relights