Energy Safety at Home
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.