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Appliance and Outdoor Grilling Safety

When using natural gas appliances, remember to keep the following in mind:

  • Never use your oven or range top to heat your home.
  • Natural gas fireplaces and space heaters are meant for added warmth, not a main source of heating. Remember to turn these appliances off before you go to bed or leave your home.
  • Your natural gas appliances should have a clear, steady blue flame. A yellow or orange flame may indicate a problem. Call for service right away if you think there’s a problem with your equipment. 
  • If you wish to insulate your natural gas water heater, please be sure to choose an insulation blanket manufactured specifically for natural gas water heaters.
  • Change the filter on your furnace a minimum  of every three months. Dust and pet hair can collect and block the air flow.
  • Never attach electrical grounding wires to natural gas piping inside or outside your house. Consult with a licensed electrician.
  • Keep the area around your furnace and water heater clear.

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For safe outdoor cooking, remember to keep the following in mind:

  • Check grills before the first barbecue. Hoses and valves should be examined for cracks and leaks. Use a thin wire coat hanger to clean a clogged valve.
  • Install or place grills on level ground at least 20 feet away from a house or any other structure.
  • Make sure the area near the grill is free from combustible materials such as pine needles or leaves.
  • Never use a grill indoors or in any enclosed areas, including a garage, because dangerous carbon monoxide gas can accumulate to unhealthy levels.
  • When lighting a natural gas grill, always keep the lid open.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions that accompany the grill.

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