Natural Gas Safety Tips
Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel. It moves silently, safely and efficiently through an extensive network of pipelines. Odorant similar to the smell of rotten eggs is added so leaks can be easily detected.
The DO’s and DON’T of gas safety
The Fremont Department of Utilities recommends consumers remember these safety tips to protect them from potential dangers associated with natural gas usage.
* Use your nose. If you ever detect even a small amount of the odor of natural gas in the air, leave the premises. Then contact the Fremont Department of Utilities at 402.727.2613.
* Look for the blue flame. If the pilot light and burners have a steady, blue flame, they are operating correctly.
* 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 for corrosion and blockages.
* Keep the areas around appliances and equipment clean and unblocked to allow for proper air flow.
* Clean or replace air filters in your heating system.
* Keep water heater air intakes, drain pipes, controls and flue unobstructed.
* Never sleep in a room with an unvented gas or kerosene heater. Vent heaters outside.
* Don’t let small children play with or near natural gas appliances or pipes, even the knobs on the oven or cook top.
* Never move or install a gas appliance or change the connector in any way without professional assistance.
* Never store household chemicals or combustible materials near gas appliances.
* Never use fuel lines for storage. Items hanging from a fuel line can stress the joints in the pipe and cause gas leaks.
* Keep your gas meter free of debris, snow, ice and other obstructions at all time.
Gas Appliance Connector Safety and Interior Piping Safety
It is always important to check your appliance connections. Gas connectors need to be inspected regularly and replaced as needed. Some flexible connectors manufactured between 1970 and 1980 may fail over time and need replacing.
If you feel a connector needs to be replaced, DO NOT attempt to do it yourself. Have a qualified professional check your connector and replace it if needed. A brittle connector can fail with minimal movement. It is a good idea to replace flexible connectors every ten years.
If you have your gas appliances disconnected for any reason, the gas connectors should always be removed and the fuel lines should be plugged and capped.
Another safety tip to remember – Gas lines should never be used for storage. Items hanging from a fuel line can stress the joints in the pipes and cause gas leaks.