• 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
- Yellow or wavering appliance flames
- Pilot light keeps going out
- Indoor wetness (condensation, especially around chimney)