Natural Gas Safety Tips

gas burner2_thumb_thumb.jpgNatural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel. It moves silently, safely and efficiently through an extensive network of pipelines. Odorant similar to the smell of rotten eggs is added so leaks can be easily detected.

The DO’s and DON’T of gas safety

The Fremont Department of Utilities recommends consumers remember these safety tips to protect them from potential dangers associated with natural gas usage.

* Use your nose. If you ever detect even a small amount of the odor of natural gas in the air, leave the premises. Then contact the Fremont Department of Utilities at 402.727.2613.

* Look for the blue flame. If the pilot light and burners have a steady, blue flame, they are operating correctly.

* 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 for corrosion and blockages.

odor photo_thumb_thumb_thumb.jpg* Keep the areas around appliances and equipment clean and unblocked to allow for proper air flow.

* Clean or replace air filters in your heating system.

* Keep water heater air intakes, drain pipes, controls and flue unobstructed.

* Never sleep in a room with an unvented gas or kerosene heater. Vent heaters outside.

* Don’t let small children play with or near natural gas appliances or pipes, even the knobs on the oven or cook top.

* Never move or install a gas appliance or change the connector in any way without professional assistance.

* Never store household chemicals or combustible materials near gas appliances.

* Never use fuel lines for storage. Items hanging from a fuel line can stress the joints in the pipe and cause gas leaks.

* Keep your gas meter free of debris, snow, ice and other obstructions at all time.