Natural Gas Appliance Safety
Natural gas appliances are made to safely add warmth, security and comfort to your home or business. To insure that your home is always a safe home, we urge customers to become educated consumers. This process begins when you prepare to purchase your new appliance and continues when you use energy-saving tips.
Learn to Read EnergyGuide Labels
When purchasing new appliances, you are faced with a number of difficult decisions. Some of these decisions involve which brand is best, how much energy will the appliance use, and whether or not purchasing a higher-priced model that provides better efficiency will save money in the long run. Once you have made the choice, learn how to increase the product's longevity and performance through appliance safety. Before you purchase your next appliance, learn to read EnergyGuide labels.
To ensure the safety and efficiency of your new appliances:
- When purchasing a new appliance, look for those that are designed to meet safety standards. Check the label for certification. This is your assurance that the equipment is designed to meet national safety standards.
- Have qualified professionals install appliances to make sure they're properly connected. Never attempt this yourself!
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions for operation and care of your equipment.
- Call a professional if there is any irregularity with your appliance, like overheating or the presence of soot around a burner.
- Setting your water heater temperature too high can cause severe burns or scalding. Read the water heater instruction manual before setting it to a safe and efficient temperature.
- If you have older natural gas equipment, recommend having any uncoated flexible appliance connectors replaced with new flexible connectors.
Make sure a plumber or contractor determines that the equipment is properly vented and adjusted, and that it has an adequate supply of fresh air for safe, efficient combustion.