Make a 2018 resolution that will help you have 12 months of safety
Energy safety is not only one of the easiest resolutions to make and keep, it is one of the most beneficial resolutions to help you protect and enjoy all the comfort of your surroundings. Whether at work or home, resolving to use energy safely is a way to make your new year happy.
Maintaining your natural gas appliances is the best way to safeguard your home from a natural gas accident. Always put safety first when using natural gas appliances of any kind. Your natural gas flame should be blue with only a hint of yellow near the tip; a mostly yellow flame may indicate incomplete combustion and is potentially dangerous. Call a qualified contractor if you suspect your appliances are not operating properly.
Home Safety Tips
• Ensure everyone in your household knows how to identify a gas leak and what to do if a leak is present.
• Follow manufacturers’ instructions for installation, recommended service, and use of gas appliances and equipment.
• Ensure all natural gas appliances have a steady blue flame. If not, the appliances may not be operating properly. Have a qualified professional inspect gas appliances, connectors and lines, and repair or replace if necessary.
• Periodically inspect any gas lines you own for leaks and signs of corrosion (rust). This includes piping to your outdoor appliances (grills, pool heaters, fire pits, etc.). If you discover a potentially unsafe condition, it is recommended that a qualified contractor perform an inspection on your system or appliances and complete any needed repairs.
• Protect your natural gas meter from vehicular damage (i.e. cars, boats, trailers) by not parking near the meter. Protect against overgrown roots, plants, shrubs, or trees, by keeping vegetation trimmed.
• Use barbeque grills indoors or use your stove to heat your home.
• Store or use flammable objects near natural gas appliances.
• Block the vents to natural gas appliances.
• Attach anything to a gas meter or pipe.
• Allow children to play on or around natural gas appliances, pipes, or meters.
Call the City of Mesa at 480-644-4277 (GASS) if you damage the meter or smell gas around the meter. Call 911 for emergencies. For additional safety tips, visit mesaaz.gov/energy.