Natural gas is one of the cleanest and most reliable energy sources, but there are safety measures to keep in mind when using it around the home.
It’s important to understand how to recognize and respond to leaking or damaged pipelines.
Check out our DOs and DON’Ts for managing natural gas in your home:
- Learn all you can about natural gas. The more you know…the safer you’ll be.
- If you detect the smell of natural gas in the air, don’t stay—get away. You should then contact Atlanta Gas Light immediately at 877.427.4321 or call 9-1-1. In its purest form, natural gas is colorless and odorless. A harmless chemical called mercaptan is added to natural gas to give it the distinctive, rotten egg odor.
- 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.
- Make sure there is at least one multipurpose fire extinguisher in your home or place of business.
- Review these natural gas safety tips regularly with ALL family members and coworkers.
- Never let small children play with, or near, natural gas appliances or pipes.
- Don’t use your stove or oven for anything other than cooking (for instance, to heat your home) under any circumstances.
- Never move, install a gas appliance, or change a connector for any reason without professional assistance.
- Do not 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.
- Don’t install a gas appliance yourself, unless you are a qualified contractor. Instead, you should always seek professional assistance.
- Never store household chemicals or combustible materials near gas appliances.
- Above all, don’t forget to learn what to do if you ever smell natural gas in the air: call AGL at 877.427.4321 or 9-1-1 immediately!
Follow these safety tips and you will have a warm, happy and safe home powered by natural gas.
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