Natural Gas Appliance Safety

Natural gas is a reliable energy for many household needs like cooking, heating water, drying clothes or heating or cooling your home.

Follow these helpful tips for continued safe use and enjoyment of your appliances. Esta información de seguridad para el gas natural está disponible en español.

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appliancesHire a professional.
Always use a licensed professional to install or repair any gas appliances.

stoveLook for a clear blue flame.
A yellow or orange flame may indicate your burner is not burning efficiently.


fireplace-remoteGas fireplace? Keep people, pets, clothing and furniture away.
Turn off after use, or when you’re not in the room.

space-heaterTurn off your space heater before bed or leaving the house.
If you notice lint buildup in your space heater, contact a professional to clean it.


stoveNever use a gas oven or range top as a space heater.
Using a gas appliance the wrong way can cause deadly carbon monoxide. If the power goes out, bundle up in layers of clothes and blankets instead.

water-heaterKeep your water heater at 140° F or less.
Get an annual inspection by a licensed plumbing, heating contractor or cooling contractor.


co-detectorInstall a carbon monoxide detector.
Make sure fuel-powered appliances are properly vented so CO doesn’t build up.

fireplace-chimneyKeep flues and chimneys clean and clear.
Have your heating contractor make sure they’re not blocked.


snowflakeAlways keep meters and vents clear.
Carefully remove snow and ice with a broom or by hand. Never shovel or kick your gas meter, as it can cause damage.

paper-stackDon’t stack flammables near furnaces.
Water heaters, ranges and dryers, too. Flammables include paper, wood, cleaning fluid, glue, gasoline, varnish, paints, curtains and rags.

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If you suspect a gas leak

If you suspect a gas leak, move to a safe location and call 911. After you call 911, you can report the emergency to us at 1-877-944-5325.

Know the signs of a gas leak