Natural Gas Safety Tips
Natural gas is an excellent source of energy for your home.
It is economical, reliable and safe for the environment. Natural
gas has a safety record that is outstanding, but like all
sources of energy, it should be used wisely.
Maintaining your natural gas appliances is the best way to
safeguard your home from a natural gas accident.
Always put safety first when using natural gas
appliances of any kind:
- Your natural gas flame should be blue with a hint of yellow
near the tip; a yellow flame indicates incomplete combustion and
is potentially dangerous. Call a qualified contractor if you
suspect your appliances are not operating properly.
- Have your gas
appliances installed and serviced by qualified industry
- Follow manufacturers instructions for the care and use of gas
appliances and equipment.
- Inspect and replace if necessary, all gas appliances,
connectors, furnaces, vents, flues, chimneys, and gas lines to
- Never use your stove or oven for heating your home.
- Replace your furnace air filters monthly throughout the
- Check for leaking or cracked heat exchangers in furnaces to
prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Ensure your fireplace damper is always open.
- Never operate gasoline powered engines or charcoal grills in
closed garages, basements, or buildings.
- Store clutter and flammable objects/liquids away from natural
gas appliances. This includes: gasoline, kerosene, propane
or butane bottles, or cylinders.
- Never use flammable solvents or cleaning agents on or around
an operating gas appliance.
- Teach everyone in your household how to identify the
smell of natural gas and what to do if they smell gas.
If you smell of gas (rotten egg smell), hear the sound of
escaping gas (hissing noise), or suspect a line
break, leave the area and call 480-644-4277(GASS) or 911.
Energy Resources Department
Address: PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211
Monday - Thursday
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Gas Odors or Emergencies:
480-644-4277 (GASS) or 911
(24 hours/7 days)
480-644-2266 or 911
(24 hours/7 days)
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