Gas Safety Tips to Avoid Burning Your House Down

Humans have burned wood to stay warm for thousands of years. Today, we use fancy machines, but most are still just fire made more efficient. As you no doubt know, fire can get out of control and into dangerous territory very, very quickly. Gas-powered machines are no exception. Fortunately, there are some basic gas safety tips that will keep you and your family safe.

Propane & Natural Gas Safety Tips

Modern HVAC manufacturers put numerous safety devices in furnace and fireplace systems to prevent fires and explosions. Which means your appliances are highly unlikely to just burst into flame or explode. By far the most common problem you're likely to encounter with a gas appliance is a leak. Should you ever suspect your furnace or stove or other device might be leaking, abide by the following:

  • Don't turn on any other appliances. If there is a natural gas leak, an electric spark might ignite the fumes in the air. That would be bad.
  • Don't touch any electric switch whatsoever (See Above!).
  • Don't use your phone in the vicinity of the suspected gas leak.
  • Get everyone out of the house or apartment!
  • If you have a mobile phone, use it to call your gas company. If you left your mobile in the house, don't go back in to get it. Go use a neighbor's phone.
  • Call your gas or utility company.
  • If you can't reach your gas or utility company for some reason, call your fire department.
  • Above all, if you see the signs of a gas leak, don't ignore them! This is your life we're talking about.

Chances are this is a scenario you'll never have to worry about, but at least now you know what to do and not to do just in case!

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