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        Tips for Every Home

        Whether you are cooking, heating water, drying clothes or heating or cooling your home − natural gas is safe, efficient and reliable.

        Follow these helpful tips for continued safe use and enjoyment of your appliances. If you'd prefer, this information is also available as a one page PDF. (Esta información de seguridad para el gas natural está disponible en español.)


        appliancesHire a professional.
        Always use a licensed professional to install or repair any gas appliances.

        stoveLook for a clear blue flame.
        A yellow or orange flame may indicate your burner is not burning efficiently.

        fireplace-remoteGas fireplace? Keep people, pets, clothing and furniture away.
        Turn off after use, or when you’re not in the room.

        space-heaterTurn off your space heater before bed or leaving the house.
        If you notice lint buildup in your space heater, contact a professional to clean it.

        stoveNever use a gas oven or range top as a space heater.
        Using a gas appliance the wrong way can cause deadly carbon monoxide. If the power goes out, bundle up in layers of clothes and blankets instead.

        water-heaterKeep your water heater at 140° F or less.
        Get an annual inspection by a licensed plumbing, heating contractor or cooling contractor.

        co-detectorInstall a carbon monoxide detector.
        Make sure fuel-powered appliances are properly vented so CO doesn’t build up.

        fireplace-chimneyKeep flues and chimneys clean and clear.
        Have your heating contractor make sure they’re not blocked.

        snowflakeAlways keep meters and vents clear.
        Carefully remove snow and ice with a broom or by hand. Never shovel or kick your gas meter, as it can cause damage.

        paper-stackDon’t stack flammables near furnaces.
        Water heaters, ranges and dryers, too. Flammables include paper, wood, cleaning fluid, glue, gasoline, varnish, paints, curtains and rags.