General Safety Rules When Dealing With Natural Gas
Follow directions from the manufacturer for using and taking care of gas appliances. Seek professional help when necessary.
Keep combustibles such as papers, fluids, paints, curtains and rags away appliances.
Keep gas ranges clean, make sure burner bowls are free of used matches, grease, paper, etc.
Have a fire extinguisher near gas appliances at all times. Use a CO2 or dry-chemical extinguisher for the kitchen.
Teach children never to light or play with the controls of any gas appliances.
Keep the pilot lights of your gas range lit. If you put them out to save energy, a dangerous gas build-up can occur if someone accidentally turns on the range.
Look for a certification seal when purchasing a new gas appliance. This ensures that the equipment design meets strict safety standards.
Never use your gas range to heat your home or apartment. This practice creates a serious fire hazard and puts you and your family at risk from dangerous carbon monoxide fumes.
If You Smell Natural Gas
Open windows or doors and leave the facility.
Do not look for the source of the smell with any open flame (even using a flashlight could be dangerous).
If the smell is very strong, or you hear a blowing or hissing noise, leave immediately.
Do not use anything that could generate a spark
Do not use the telephone
Do not turn light switches or equipment using electricity on or off.
Do not turn vehicle ignitions on or off.
Go to a neighboring phone and call the fire department or 911.
Remember These Tips When Taking a Trip
Whether you’re headed for a tropical getaway or to a cooler climate, here are three tips to make your return more pleasant.
Before leaving, set your water heater to pilot and turn off the air conditioner to save energy and money.
Be sure your gas light is burning and put an indoor light on a timer to give your home a lived-in look.
Make your vacation last all summer by creating your own backyard paradise with a gas grill, lights, spa or patio heater. Keep your home cool by moving cooking outdoors, and forget the mess of charcoal or refilling propane tanks.