Natural Gas Safety Tips
Natural gas is one of the safest and most reliable fuels available. However, it's important that everyone in your household learn to safely operate and maintain your natural gas appliances. It's easy if you follow these guidelines:
- When lighting a burner or oven with no pilot light, always light the match first, place it at the burner, and then turn the range knob.
- If a burner flame goes out, shut off the range knob, wait for the gas to dissipate, then relight the burner.
- Keep burners and range top clean.
- Keep the area around your appliances and meter free of all combustible materials. Keep air ducts clear.
- Inspect your furnace and water heater chimneys for loose- fitting joints.
- Read and understand all of the warning labels on your natural gas appliances.
- Install smoke alarms on each level of your house, including the basement. Replace batteries each year.
- Keep an active Class ABC fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Check the expiration date.
- You can also use baking soda to extinguish a grease fire. Small fires can be smothered with a wet towel or large pot cover.
- Create a plan for getting out of your house in case of fire or other emergency.
To prevent serious home accidents caused by flammable-liquid vapors in a garage or basement, follow these steps:
- Always use flammable liquids in open, well-ventilated areas and away from any ignition source.
- Don't fill your lawn mower with gasoline near a natural gas appliance.
- Store flammable liquids and solvent-soaked rags away from ignition sources and children's reach.
Take a few simple precautions. Secure your water heater to a wall so it won't fall over. Move flammable material away from any natural gas appliance.
After an earthquake, check to be sure nothing has fallen or spilled near a gas appliance. If you detect a gas odor, turn off the shut-off valve. Once you have your gas turned off, leave it off and call Cascade Natural Gas to restore service. After an emergency, it may take several days for us to reach you.
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Incomplete combustion of natural gas can produce carbon monoxide, a potentially fatal gas. Three indicators of incomplete combustion are a yellow flame (blue is normal), combustion odors, and visible soot around the furnace or water heater.