Spring Is Here
We all do things like spring cleaning, DIY projects, and getting our property in shape for the summer months. However, it’s also a good time to conduct a fast natural gas safety check on your house or business.
Natural gas is a safe, dependable, and environmentally friendly energy source. Every day, our Natural Gas Operators labor to maintain the safety of our pipelines, which transport natural gas to homes and businesses throughout Missouri. There are several things you can do as a homeowner or company owner to ensure that your home or business is safe by avoiding problems that might lead to natural gas leaks, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other hazards.
To do a rapid safety check, utilize the following checklist:
CO Safety Inspection
- Install CO detectors or make sure they’re working properly if you already have them.
- To facilitate optimum ventilation, make sure the spaces around your heating equipment are clean and unblocked.
- Make sure the doors to the furnace compartment are closed and fastened.
Check for Safety in Natural Gas Appliances
- Replace your air filters.
- If possible, keep the space surrounding the furnace and water heater in the utility room uncluttered by keeping a 2 to 3 foot spacing.
- Remove any combustible materials near the natural gas appliance, such as paint chemicals that have been kept.
Checking the Safety of the Gas Meter
- Remove any branches or leaves that may have fallen on your meter as a result of ice storms or high winds in the spring and examine the unit for any damage.
- Trim any long grass, weeds, or foliage near your meter, as well as natural gas exhaust and air intakes.
- Remove any potential obstructions from your natural gas appliance vents and air intakes.