Natural gas is an excellent source of energy for your home. It is economical, reliable, and safe for the environment. Natural gas has a very good safety record, but like all sources of energy, it should be used wisely.
Maintaining your natural gas appliances is the best way to safeguard your home from a natural gas accident.
PUT SAFETY FIRST
- Your natural gas flame should be blue with a hint of yellow near the tip; a yellow flame indicates incomplete combustion and is potentially dangerous. Call a qualified contractor if you suspect your appliances are not operating properly.
- Have your gas appliances installed and serviced by qualified industry professionals.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions for the care and use of gas appliances and equipment.
- Inspect and replace, if necessary, all gas appliances, connectors, furnaces, vents, flues, chimneys, and gas lines to your home.
- Never use your stove or oven for heating your home.
- Replace your furnace air filters monthly throughout the heating season.
- Check for leaking or cracked heat exchanges in furnaces to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Ensure your fireplace damper is always open.
- Never operate gasoline powered engines or charcoal grills in closed garages, basements, or buildings.
- Store clutter and flammable objects/liquids away from natural gas appliances. This includes: gasoline, kerosene, propane or butane bottles, or cylinders.
- Never use flammable solvents or cleaning agents on or around an operating gas appliance.
- Teach everyone in your household how to identify the smell of natural gas and what to do if they smell gas.