Natural Gas Safety Tips for Your Family

Natural gas is a valuable source of energy in our homes. As with all forms of energy, safety is important. Here are some tips:

    DO

    • Look for the blue flame. If pilot lights and burners have a steady, blue flame, they are operating correctly. (Decorative gas fire logs are the only exception. Their flame is usually yellow.)
    • Have all gas appliances, furnaces, vents, flues, chimneys and gas lines in your home or business inspected every year or two by qualified industry professionals.
    • Keep the areas around all appliances and equipment clean and unblocked to allow for proper air flow.
    • Follow manufacturer instructions for the care and use of gas appliances and equipment.

    DON’T

    • Let small children play with or near natural gas appliances or pipes, even the knobs on the oven or cooktop.
    • Use your stove or oven for anything other than cooking (for instance, to heat your home, under any circumstances.
    • Move or install a gas appliance or change the connector in any way without professional assistance.
    • Use a space heater UNTIL you are sure it has been vented properly. If using a vent-free heater, make sure the automatic cut-off switch is operational.
    • Ever store household chemicals or combustible materials near gas appliances.

    Remember, if you smell a strong “rotten egg” odor, act fast!

    • Notify everyone to leave the building if possible.
    • Call Dalton Utilities (706-278-1313) from a nearby building.