3 Natural Gas Safety Reminders
Many of us are spending more time indoors because of the cooler weather. Now is a good time to review this safety checklist to make sure your family is safe and comfortable this winter. Since most homes have natural gas-powered appliances, furnaces, and fireplaces, it is important.
Check the flame and pilot light
Gas flames on gas appliances that flicker or turn yellow can be a sign that something is wrong with the equipment. On stovetops, water heaters, and furnaces, the flames and pilot lights should burn blue.
Install carbon monoxide detectors
The incomplete burning of natural gas and other fossil fuels results in the production of carbon monoxide (CO), a poisonous, colorless, and odorless gas. To prevent CO from backing up into your home, make sure gas appliances are properly vented and are not blocked by snow or other objects.
Keep flammables away
In a utility room, heaters and furnaces are typically found. Sadly, this is frequently where cleaning supplies are kept. Make sure the space is sufficiently ventilated and that anything flammable or combustible – such as cleaning chemicals, gas and oil, paper and rags – is placed far enough away from gas appliances so they are not an ignition source.