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