One of the most common and affordable forms of energy for residential customers is Natural Gas. It is relatively safe and efficient, but consumers should be aware of the possible hazards of natural gas to ensure their families and homes are protected.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a harmful by-product of using natural gas. This colorless, odorless, toxic gas can is harmful when inhaled. Exposure to carbon monoxide can cause flu-like symptoms, as well as headaches and dizziness. Should you experience any of these symptoms, leave your home immediately and dial 911.
You can reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning by:
- Installing carbon monoxide detectors in multiple areas of your home.
- Periodically inspecting the vents, flues, and chimneys of all gas water heaters, furnaces, and fireplaces for proper ventilation of exhaust.
- Do not heat the house with your gas oven.
- Do not sleep in a room heated by a gas or kerosene space heater without proper ventilation.
Gas Line Leaks
Gas line leaks are not very common, but are extremely dangerous should you have one. Natural gas buildup in an enclosed area can cause illness or possible explosion. Gas leaks can also happen outside the home and are equally as dangerous. Before doing any job that requires digging outdoors, homeowners should call 811 to identify and mark the gas lines before digging begins.
Natural gas distributors add a "rotten egg" or sulfur odor to warn consumers of a leak. If you smell this distinctive odor in your home, please do the following:
- Do not use your cell phone until safely out of the house.
- Shut off gas valves at your home.
- Do not turn on or off any electrical appliances.
- Do not smoke or use any open flame.
- Do not attempt to locate the leak.
- Get a safe distance away from the house, and then call 911 and the utility company.
- If a natural gas line is damaged when digging outside, call your local utility company immediately. Do not attempt a gas line repair.
Preventing gas leaks in your home is as easy as ensuring all gas lines and flexible gas connectors are properly installed by a licensed plumbing and gas contractor only.
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