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Natural Gas Safety

Like any source of eneergy, natural gas can be dangerous if missued. Respect all energy sources and use them properly.

Safety tips

If you smell gas or suspect a leak:

  • Leave the house immediately.
  • Don't use your phone; call Jo-Carroll Energy's emergency number at 800-858-5522 (or your gas supplier) or 911 for assistance from a neighbor's house.

Do not operate:

  • Light switches
  • Doorbells
  • Phones
  • Electrical Appliances

Do not light a match.

  • 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 professionals.
  • Keep the areas around all appliance 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.
  • If you use natural gas you should have at least one battery operated CO detector in the bedroom area.
  • Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
  • In the laundry room, keep filters and exhausts cleaned and properly vented. Check vents regularly for blockage.
  • Don't store flammable liquids near the furnance or gas water heater.
  • Keep the area around the water heater free of clutter.
  • To prevent scalding, set water heat no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Have your furnace inspected every year and keep the filter clean.
  • Never hang things from utility pipes.
  • Natural gas is delivered through a network of underground pipelines; locate them on your property before you dig by calling 811.
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