NATURAL GAS SAFETY TIPS
It’s important for you to do your
part to make a safe fuel even safer. Here are some
SNIFFY DOs and SNIFFY
DON'Ts for natural gas safety.
• Learn all you can about natural gas. The more
you know...the more you will be safe.
• Use your nose. If you ever detect even a small
amount of the odor of natural gas in the air, don’t
stay—get away. Then, contact your natural gas
provider. If you don’t know that number, dial
emergency services, 9-1-1.
• Look for the blue flame. 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 appliances, furnaces, vents,
flues, chimneys and gas lines in your home or business
inspected every year or two by qualified industry
• Keep the areas around all appliances and equipment
clean and unblocked to allow for proper air flow.
• Follow manufacturer instructions for the care
and use of gas appliances and equipment.
• Make sure there is at least one multipurpose
fire extinguisher in your home or place of business.
• Review these natural gas safety tips regularly
with ALL family members and coworkers.
• Ever let small children play with or near
natural gas appliances or pipes, even the knobs on
the oven or cooktop.
• Use your stove or oven for anything other
than cooking (for instance, to heat your home, under
• Move or install a gas 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.
• Install a gas appliance yourself, unless you
area a qualified contractor. Instead, you should always
seek professional assistance.
• Ever store household chemicals or combustible
materials near gas appliances.
• Above all, don’t forget to learn what
to do if you ever smell natural gas in the air: SMELL
GAS? ACT FAST!
BEST TO BE SAFE: If you smell gas RIGHT NOW—don't
touch or turn off your computer—leave the area!
After you go someplace away from the odor, call your
natural gas provider. If you don't know that number,
dial emergency services, 9-1-1.