Monday, January 5, 2015

Natural Gas Safety Tips

City of Mesa's Natural Gas Safety Tips

• Have a qualified industry professional install, inspect, service, repair, and replace if necessary, all gas appliances, connectors, furnaces, vents, flues, chimneys, and gas lines to your home.
• Keep the burners clean on your range to ensure maximum efficiency and safety.
• Never use your stove or oven for heating your home.
• Replace your furnace air filters monthly throughout the heating season.
• If you suspect your furnace may have a leak or a cracked heat exchanger, have the unit professionally serviced to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
• Make sure your fireplace damper is always open during operation.
• Never operate gasoline powered engines or charcoal grills in closed garages, basements, or buildings.
• Keep the area surrounding natural gas appliances clear of clutter, flammable objects and flammable liquids. This includes: gasoline, kerosene, propane or butane bottles and/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.

If you smell gas (rotten egg smell), hear the sound of escaping gas (hissing noise), or suspect a line break, leave the area and call 480-644-4277(GASS) or 911. For additional information on natural gas safety, visit mesaaz.gov/energy.

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