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Energy Safety at Home

Post Date:06/18/2020 8:01 AM

As monsoon season begins, remember: practicing energy safety during this and every season is as easy as one, two, three: 

ONE… TEACH YOUR FAMILY THE BASICS OF ENERGY AND ENERGY SAFETY! Learning about natural gas and electricity is the first step to keep yourself, family, and community safe. So make it a priority and learn to: 

  • RECOGNIZE an energy emergency.  Know that natural gas smells like rotten eggs and downed power lines are dangerous.
  • REACT quickly to an energy emergency.  Leave the area immediately and do not return until an official gives the okay.
  • REPORT energy emergencies promptly.  In a gas emergency, call 480-644-4277 or 911.  For an electric emergency, call 480-644-2266 or 911.

TWO… PRACTICE ENERGY SAFETY REGULARLY!

  • Follow manufacturer instructions for the care and use of gas and electric appliances.
  • Be sure gas appliances have a blue flame - this means fuel is burning efficiently.
  • Keep areas around appliances clean and clear to allow proper air flow and prevent tripping hazards.
  • Never store household chemicals or combustible materials near gas appliances.
  • If you suspect a gas emergency or smell a rotten egg odor, REACT AND REPORT!
  • Water and electricity don’t mix.   Do not use electric appliances or tools near water, when you’re wet, or standing on wet ground.
  • ALWAYS visit arizona811.com or call 811 to have underground utilities marked before digging.

THREE… HAVE A PLAN! Despite all your safety efforts, take steps to prepare for a possible emergency:

  • Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and check batteries annually.
  • Practice safety drills for getting out of the house quickly.
  • Make sure you have at least one multipurpose fire extinguisher in your home and know how to use it.

Learn more at mesaaz.gov/energy.

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