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Appliance Safety

Maintain and use your gas appliances safely.

Good maintenance and proper use of all your gas appliances is essential to prevent exposure to carbon monoxide and fire hazards. For your safety, follow these steps:


• Have your gas appliances inspected annually by a licensed heating or plumbing contractor.

• Have a qualified, licensed contractor perform all gas appliance and venting repairs.

• Never store or use flammable products in the same room as or near any gas or heat-producing appliances. Flammable products include: gasoline, spray paints, solvents, insecticide, adhesives, foggers, varnish, cleaning products and other pressurized containers. This will reduce the risk of flammable vapors being ignited by the main burner flame found in all gas appliances or the pilot flame found in many gas appliances. 

• If a burner flame is yellow, large, and unsteady, the appliance needs to be inspected immediately by a qualified professional.

• Never store anything near a gas appliance that might interfere with normal appliance airflow.

• Ensure that gas appliance intake and exhaust vents are clear of obstructions.

• When operating vented decorative gas logs, open the fireplace/chimney damper completely.

• Never use your oven, range or outdoor barbecue to heat your home. These appliances are not designed for this purpose.


     Signs of Poor Ventilation

  • Unusual smell in your home that does not go away

  • Sick houseplants

  • Yellow or wavering appliance flames

  • Pilot light keeps going out

  • Soot in your home

  • Indoor wetness (condensation, especially around chimney)





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Suggestions for Specific Appliances
Gas Clothes Dryer
Gas Water Heater
  • Don’t overload the clothes dryer

  • Remove lint from the screen after each load

  • Check the electric plug and fuses if the dryer doesn't work


  • If you add insulation around the water heater, do not block air vents, valves, or controls

  • Do not cover the top of the heater or the space between the floor and heater
Gas Stoves and Ranges
Gas Heating System and Space Heating
  • Never leave burners on when not in use

  • Keep your range-top burners, burner drip shields, and oven racks clean and free of used matches, grease and paper

  • If the burner doesn't ignite, check to see if the pilot light is lit

  • Never use your gas range or oven to heat your residence


  • Regularly clean or replace filters in warm-air furnaces

  • Keep the area around the furnace and/or space heater clear of dirt, clutter, flammable materials and obstructions

  • Yearly inspections of gas heating equipment by qualified technicians are recommended








Suspect a Leak?

If you do, leave the premises immediately and call the dedicated emergency line from a cell phone or a neighbor's phone:


or call 911 

Quick Guide: Signs of a Natural Gas Leak

What You See

  Abnormally high pilot flame

  Vapor cloud/mist

  Dirt/debris blown in air

  Collection of dead insects

  Abnormal dead/dying vegetation

What You Smell
  Rotten egg-like odor
What You Hear
  Unusual hissing/roaring

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