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Gas Appliance Safety

Proper care and maintenance of natural gas appliances helps to keep them operating safely and efficiently. For additional safety information, read more about how to identify a gas leak, the dangers of carbon monoxide and the potential for odor fade.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Have your gas appliances inspected annually by Mobile Gas or another licensed, qualified professional to ensure proper working conditions.
  • Never store anything near a gas appliance that might interfere with normal appliance airflow.
  • Never store mops, rags, paper or other combustibles near any gas appliance.
  • Never store or use flammable products in the same room or near any gas or heat-producing appliances. Flammable products include gasoline, spray paints, solvents, insecticides, adhesives, foggers, varnishes, cleaning products and other pressurized containers.
  • Never use an oven, range top or other outdoor barbecue grill to heat your home. These appliances are not designed for this purpose and can cause bodily injury.
  • If any of your appliances sustain water damage for any reason (i.e., flooding), refer to the manufacturer’s instructions before placing appliance back into operation.

Water Heater Safety

  • Never store or use any flammable materials such as gasoline, paint thinner or cleaning products near or in the same room as any gas or heat-producing appliance.
  • Never store mops, rags, paper or other combustibles near any gas appliance.
  • Never set the thermostat on your water heater above 120º F as this can cause severe burns especially to small children, disabled or elderly persons. Always test the temperature before bathing or showering.
  • Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions before using your water heater.

Furnace Safety

Central Gravity and Central Forced-Air Furnaces

  • Keep furnace registers free of obstructions.
  • Do not store any items near the register that might prevent airflow.
  • Inspect your air filter(s) regularly and replace them as needed.
  • When installing a new filter, be sure to re-install the front panel door of the furnace properly so it fits snugly. Never operate your furnace without the front panel door properly in place because this can potentially create the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions before using your furnace.

Floor Furnaces

  • Vacuum your floor furnace and the areas around it regularly to prevent the build-up of dust, lint and dirt.
  • Always keep children and pets away from the grill on a floor furnace as this area can get very hot.
  • Do not place rugs, furniture or other combustible items over or near the grill and do not block air flow.
  • Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions before using your floor furnace.

Wall Heaters

  • Clean inside the burner compartment regularly to prevent the build-up of lint, dust and dirt.
  • Do not place any combustible materials near the heater.
  • Always keep children and pets away from the grill on the heater, as it gets very hot.

Range and Oven Safety

  • Keep the top areas of your range clean and free of any grease. Grease is flammable and excessive build-up could potentially result in a fire.
  • DO NOT use the range top or stove to heat your home.
  • DO NOT install aluminum foil in the oven or range top to avoid restricting exhaust vents which could potentially result in carbon monoxide poisoning.

Dryer Safety

  • Always vent natural gas dryers to the outside.
  • DO NOT exhaust natural gas dryers into an attic, chimney, wall, ceiling or concealed space of a building.
  • Use only approved metal vent ducting material. Plastic and vinyl materials are not approved for natural gas dryers.
  • Inspect the exhaust duct regularly to ensure that it has not become crushed, kinked or otherwise restricted.
  • Keep area around the exhaust opening and adjacent surrounding areas free from accumulation of lint.

Natural Gas Logs

  • Have your gas logs inspected by a licensed, qualified professional before they are used.
  • Follow all manufacturers’ instructions on proper placement of logs.
  • Never store any combustible items near gas logs.