Natural Gas Safety 101March 24th, 2016
Natural gas is a safe energy source; however, similar to carbon dioxide or propane, it is important to know how the gas works and signs your natural gas appliance needs attention so you and your family can stay safe!
What Is Natural Gas is Used For?
Natural gas is a fossil fuel that can be used for heating, cooling, electricity, and more. It can also be used for vehicles and manufacturing plants. Many homeowners throughout Pennsylvania have natural gas lines hooked up to their home directly, which fuels furnaces to keep their home warm. It can also be hooked up to natural gas stoves or air conditioners. Since homes have a direct hook up, it eliminates the need for any delivery—you simply pay for what you use!
While natural gas is a safe and clean energy source, it is important to learn how to stay safe around the gas. Similar to carbon dioxide, natural gas can be a harmful gas if inhaled. Learn how to stay safe around the gas with our safety tips below!
Natural Gas Safety Tips
Natural gas is a safe and easy gas to use in your home. Simply follow the tips below!
- Use your nose to know if you have a natural gas leak. Natural gas is natural odorless; however, experts add a rotten egg odor to help keep you safe! If you smell rotten eggs, leave your home immediately and call your local utility company or 9-1-1!
- Keep the area around your HVAC units, appliances, and natural gas pipes clean and unblocked for proper air flow.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in your home and ensure each family member knows where it is and how to use it.
- Don’t ever use your natural gas stove for anything other than cooking.
- Contact a professional when you are looking to install a new natural gas appliance or are looking to move your current unit.
- Keep all household cleaning products and chemicals away from your natural gas stove, furnace, or any appliance.
- Keep children and pets away from natural gas appliances and pipes. Ensure they understand the dangers of playing with knobs and switches.
- Review these safety tips with each family member—especially your children.
Natural gas is a safe fossil fuel; however, it is important to learn how to stay safe with any gas. If you’re looking for more information regarding natural gas, contact the experts at UGI EnergyLink! For more than 127 years, the UGI family has been providing Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic business owners with natural gas knowledge and service.
Give us a call or contact us online to learn more about our natural gas service!