SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR HOME
Here are some DOs and DON’Ts for natural gas and propane safety.
• Learn all you can about natural gas and propane. The more you know...the more you will be safe.
• Although Sniffy reminds you to “Smell Gas? Act FAST!,” there are actually three ways to detect a gas leak (smell is the most common):
SMELL — To help you SMELL a gas leak, a familiar odor like rotten eggs is added to both natural gas and propane.
SEE — Near a leaking gas pipeline, you might SEE blowing dirt, bubbling water or an unusual area of dead vegetation.
HEAR — A leaking pipeline, appliance, storage tank or cylinder (propane only) might make a hissing sound you can HEAR.
If you ever suspect a gas leak, leave the area immediately. Then, call your local gas company or 911.
• Look for the blue flame on all gas appliances. 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 and propane 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 airflow.
• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the care and use of gas and propane appliances and equipment.
• Make sure there is at least one multipurpose fire extinguisher in your home or place of business.
• Review these natural gas and propane safety tips regularly with ALL family members and coworkers.
• Ever let small children play with or near natural gas or propane appliances, pipes, storage tanks or cylinders, even the knobs on the oven or stovetop.
• Use your stove or oven for anything other than cooking (e.g., to heat your home) under any circumstances.
• Move or install a gas or propane 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 or propane appliances, cylinders or storage tanks.
Don’t forget to call before you dig!
Planning a landscape or construction digging project? By law, you MUST contact Miss Utility at least 48 business hours (Maryland and Washington, D.C.) or two full working days (Delaware) before beginning any type of digging activity. Even if your project seems minor, it’s best to call. Lines have been hit digging holes for fence posts and mailboxes, anchoring supports for decks and swings sets and even planting trees. By not calling, you risk costly property or environmental damage, explosion or fire on your property, power or utilities services interruptions, legal problems and injury—or even death.
IT’S BEST TO BE SAFE: If you smell, see or hear a natural gas or propane leak RIGHT NOW—don’t touch or turn off your computer—leave the area! After you go someplace away from the leak, call your local gas company or 911.