Printable Natural Gas Safety Brochure
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SMELL NATURAL GAS IN MY HOUSE?
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Natural gas has no odor of its own. Its distinctive odor is actually a harmless chemical we add so you can detect even the smallest amount that might escape. It smells bad... but that's good! Everyone should be able to recognize our built-in safety signal.
IF YOU SMELL GAS INDOORS...
If the odor is faint, "follow your nose to the source" if possible. It may only be a pilot light that's out or a burner valve that's partially turned on...something easily and safely corrected. If the pilot light or burner valve is not the cause of the leak, call Easton Utilities immediately.
IF YOU SMELL GAS OUTDOORS...
Call Easton Utilities immediately. Our special equipment will detect the source of the leak so we can make the necessary repairs. Please keep in mind that there is never a reason to be embarrassed should the suspected leak turn out not to be a leak. If you detect what seems to be a gas leak, don't hesitate to call.
NATURAL GAS IS NOT POISONOUS
It does not contain carbon monoxide, the cause of so-called "Gas Poisoning." However, when burning gas or any fuel, carbon monoxide can be produced by lack of air, improperly working appliances or poor flue conditions. As a basic precaution, be sure that flue connections and venting are always in perfect working order - unobstructed and properly fitted.
NATURAL GAS IS A MARVELOUS TOOL
Whether you use it for cooking, to heat water, dry clothes, heat or air-condition your house, natural gas is a marvelous tool, especially when conserved and used properly. Natural gas is dependable and it has a safety record that is outstanding. At Easton Utilities, we work constantly to keep it that way!
SAFETY TIP: MAKE SURE APPLIANCE VENTS ARE OPERATING PROPERLY!
The vent is there to carry the products of combustion up the chimney and out of the house. If it is rusted, it can't do the job properly and should be replaced. If vents are blocked, you may be able to detect some odor. Call Easton Utilities if you suspect the products of combustion are spilling into the basement or living area. We'll be glad to investigate.
SAFETY TIP: LIGHT YOUR GAS OVEN SAFELY!
When you light a gas oven that doesn't have an automatic pilot:
- Open the oven door first.
- Check to be sure the lighter tube is clear of burned matches.
- Light the match.
- Turn on the gas and apply match to lighter tube.
- If oven does not light, turn off the gas. Wait a few minutes with the oven door open before attempting to re-light.
*Note: It's also wise to instruct others in your family on proper oven-lighting.