Natural gas is one of the most efficient, effective and versatile energy sources around. It powers everything from furnaces and fireplaces to clothes dryers and cooktops.
But like any source of energy, the safe use of natural gas requires some care. If you handle it improperly, this fuel does present potentially dangerous situations. The good news is that by following a few simple safety tips, you can be sure to keep yourself and your family safe. Here are five natural gas safety tips for utilization in and around your home.
Pipes or appliances powered by natural gas can develop leaks, which can be extremely dangerous if not handled properly. If you notice any of the following signs of a natural gas leak in your house, evacuate and call 911 from a safe distance:
Have your gas appliances inspected by a qualified professional every year. Not all problems with natural gas equipment are obvious, so leave it to the pros! Most natural gas appliances have a pilot light, so be sure to check that as well. If the flame is yellow or orange rather than blue with a slight yellow tip, contact a professional for service right away.
Keep children away from stoves, furnaces and other natural gas appliances, and teach them to identify and respond to signs of a natural gas leak. You can use fun, outside resources to keep them engaged—look at the example video here for instance!
A slow gas leak may not produce enough odor for you to detect, especially if someone in the house has a diminished sense of smell due to allergies or a cold. For these reasons, we strongly recommended installing natural gas detectors throughout your home as directed by the manufacturer. Carbon monoxide detectors are required by building codes in most homes in most states, so be sure your home meets your state’s mandate. Check the batteries in your natural gas and CO detectors at least twice a year.
Your natural gas shutoff valve is usually outside the house. Make sure everyone knows where the shutoff valve is and how to use it. Even with the value turned off, DO NOT go back in the house if there’s a natural gas leak. Call 911 and wait for help from a safe distance away.
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